Covid tests for business trips abroad: new provisions in Luxembourg

Luxembourg has introduced free Covid-19 testing for businesses who need to send employees abroad for urgent business reasons. This article provides details. In a press release dated 23 July 2020, the General Directorate responsible for small and medium-sized businesses (the ‘Direction générale des classes moyennes’) recommended that Luxembourg companies whose employees need to travel abroad for urgent professional reasons should provide their travelling employees with…

Employees have a right to annual leave or payment in lieu between illegal dismissal and reinstatement, ECJ rules

The European Court of Justice has ruled that for the period between an unlawful dismissal and reinstatement as an employee, workers are entitled to annual paid leave or to payment at the end of the employment relationship in lieu of leave accrued and not taken. Background In these joined cases a Bulgarian school employee and an Italian bank employee were dismissed. These dismissals were subsequently…

Webinar recording - Coronavirus: Getting back to the new normal

In this webinar, the speakers give their very different perspectives on what is happening in their countries right now and how employers can best manage their workforces in the circumstances. In this webinar, four Ius Laboris employment law firms provide their very different perspectives on what is happening in their countries right now and how employers can best manage their workforces in the circumstances. Topics include how to manage…

President Trump suspends entry to US for certain foreign workers until end of 2020

President Trump has extended the entry ban for individuals applying for green cards until 31 December 2020 and introduced a ban on foreign nationals seeking to enter the US on certain categories of work visa.  This updates our alert of 22 April 2020, which discussed President Trump’s 60-day suspension on the entry of individuals applying for immigrant visas (‘green cards’) outside of the United States….

Restructuring the workplace post Covid-19: FAQs for employers in the UK

This article tackles key questions for employers around restructuring as they start to contemplate the end of subsidised furlough in the UK. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme may have been extended to 31 October 2020, but employers should be thinking now about what their workforce might look like following the end of subsidised furlough and a return to more normal working patterns. We set out…

LGBTQ+ workers are protected by the Civil Rights Act: a landmark decision from the US Supreme Court

On 15 June 2020, the US Supreme Court held that LGBTQ+ workers are protected at a national level from workplace discrimination by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  June is Pride Month. This year’s Pride Month has extra meaning for the LGBTQ+ community, allies and advocates. On 15 June 2020, Justice Gorsuch, writing for the 6-3 majority of the United States Supreme Court, handed…

Employers' response to racial unrest: a view from the US

The wave of protests following the death of George Floyd provide an opportunity for employers to reinforce actions against racism and discrimination in the workplace. This article provides suggestions on actions employers should consider in the light of recent events. The global response to George Floyd’s tragic and shocking death and other recent acts of injustice, including those involving Ahmaud Arbery, Christian Cooper, Breonna Taylor,…

Coronavirus restrictions on travel and mandatory home isolation

Argentina Coronavirus restrictions on travel and mandatory home isolation Argentina’s borders will remain closed until 7 June 2020 included for non-resident foreign nationals (Decree 274/2020, Decree 331/2020, Decree 365/2020, Decree 409/2020, Decree 459/2020 and Decree 493/2020).  The sale of air tickets is suspended until 1 September 2020. The National Civil Aviation Administration has ruled that ‘Airlines that operate passenger air transport services from, to or…

Sickness and sick pay: FAQs for employers in the UK as lockdown restrictions ease

This article tackles some of the most frequently asked questions about sickness absence and sick pay during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic as the UK Government sets out the ‘roadmap’ for easing lockdown. The government has set out its ‘roadmap’ for gradually easing the lockdown restrictions, but as employees begin to return to work there will continue to be many individuals who are unwell or required…

Infection in the workplace and employers’ liability: a view from Italy

As employees return to work in Italy, this article tackles the issue of employers’ liability when an employee contracts coronavirus and when the infection will be a ‘workplace accident’. Resumption of economic activities in Italy started partially on 4 May and will be completed in the upcoming weeks, unless there is a sharp increase in infections. It will involve several measures that employers will have…