What COVID-19 immigration arrangements apply in the UK beyond 31 July 2020?

In a last-minute update on 29 July 2020, the UK Home Office pivoted towards a return to business as usual on immigration policy. Some significant concessions remain available until at least 31 August 2020, however there are a number of potential pitfalls for employers and individuals to be aware of. The Home Office’s Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents contains…

Please check your temperature: or don’t? Data privacy questions from Germany

What are the data protection implications of temperature checks as a Covid-19 precaution? This article investigates, with reference to a current investigation by the Hesse Data Protection Commissioner.  After the phase of coronavirus-related remote working, still in use in many companies, the question now arises as to what measures must and may be taken when returning to work onsite, to check whether an employee may…

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…

Ab heute gültig: Neue Regeln für die Arbeitnehmerentsendung nach Deutschland

Ab heute – dem 30.07.2020 – gelten neue Regelungen für die Arbeitnehmerentsendung nach Deutschland (sowie für die Arbeitnehmerentsendung in andere Mitgliedsstaaten der EU). Die bis zum 30.07.2020 in nationales Recht umzusetzende EU-Richtlinie 2018/957 zur Änderung der Arbeitnehmerentsenderichtlinie 96/71/EG wurde nunmehr – nach einem längeren Gesetzgebungsprozess – in deutsches Recht umgesetzt. Die daraus folgenden Änderungen des Arbeitnehmerentsendegesetzes (AEntG), welches die Regeln bezüglich der Arbeitnehmerentsendung nach Deutschland…

Payback time? Covid-19 pay-related queries that may arise in the UK

As the furlough scheme starts to wind down and redundancies become more commonplace, employers in the UK may face a host of pay-related queries, grievances or claims from employees arising from the workplace upheaval caused by coronavirus. This article discusses some of the main issues concerning pay that employees could raise. Pay reductions Many employers reduced pay and hours in direct response to the decline…

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,…