Cross Border Employer Blog

The Japanese government declared a state of emergency on April 7, 2020 affecting Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Osaka, Hyogo, and Fukuoka. The state of emergency goes into effect April 8 and lasts until May 6. The prefectural governments have the power to determine their own measures, which are expected to follow those taken by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.…
As we know, the current pandemic is having an adverse economic impact on employers.  Even if businesses have not been required to close, many have been suffering a loss in revenue. As a result, many companies are analyzing their budgets for ways to cut costs and likely considering a reduction in payroll. But should French employers be quick to lay off employees? Maybe not, as France’s COVID-19 stimulus package offers companies an opportunity to take…
Australia, like many other countries, is amending its laws and regulations in light of the world-wide coronavirus pandemic. Here are answers to some common questions affecting employers with operations or interests in Australia. Please note that the situation changes daily if not hourly, so make sure to always check the latest information published by the national and local governments.…
How does the scheme work? Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the UK government will provide grants to employers of up to 80%o of an employee’s wages (with a maximum grant of 2,500 GBP per month) for employees who would otherwise have been laid off. For what period will the scheme cover employee wages? The scheme will cover the cost of wages backdated to 1 March 2020 for at least three months.  Is my company…
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, China has decided to temporarily suspend the entry of foreign nationals into the country effective 28 March 2020.   This includes entry into China for foreign nationals holding visas or residence permits at the time of this notice.  Foreign nationals seeking to visit China for a necessary economic, trade, scientific, or technological activity or out of an emergency may do so at the nearest Chinese embassy or consulate.  The complete order may…
May I prohibit my employees from taking leisure travel? No. An employer cannot prohibit employees from taking leisure travel. Can my employee refuse to go on business travel? No. Employees are obligated to follow business travel orders unless there is an official warning from the German federal authorities. However, given worldwide immigration restrictions and travel warnings, it may be prudent for employers to suspend business trips. Can my employees insist on working from home? No.…
Does Japan have any travel restrictions? Yes. Starting on March 26, Japan will require all travelers arriving from the U.S. to self-quarantine for two weeks. Japan currently restricts the entry of the following groups barring special circumstances: People who have been in the following regions in the 14 days prior to arriving in Japan: The following provinces in China: Hubei and Zhejiang Nine regions and municipalities in Korea 11 provinces in Iran Nine regions in…