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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…
Canada, 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 Canada.  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.…
UK residents are being urged to stay home and work from home if possible. This request comes after bars, restaurants, and gyms have since been closed in the UK to curb the spread of COVID-19.  In order to help businesses and workers, the government is working to implement an unprecedented package of support including a stimulus package to assist the business sector during the current pandemic, including assistance with employee sick pay. Under the package,…
It is no secret that President Trump’s ongoing immigration enforcement efforts include dramatic increases in I-9 inspections and worksite investigations. In his most recent budget proposal, President Trump requested funds for 4,600 new ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) personnel. But his proposal also contains funding for new computer systems – including one called HAWke – designed to help ICE and HSI (Homeland Security Investigations) automate the I-9 inspection process. These developments mean it is virtually…
In light of the coronavirus outbreak in China, President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation limiting the entry of most foreign nationals who were physically present in China during the 14-day period before their attempted entry into the United States. This travel restriction took effect at 5:00 PM ET on February 2. Below are details for employers to understand your obligations and best practices during this time. Q: Does this order apply to those visiting Taiwan,…
Jan. 21, 2020 by Kaleigh Hartigan The European Court of Justice recently held that EU member states must require employers to set up an “objective, reliable, and accessible system” to measure each worker’s daily working hours in order to satisfy the Working Time Directive. In the 2019 case brought from Spain, the ECJ held that employers must establish systems that accurately record every employee’s working hours in order to make sure they are working within…
Japan’s Workstyle Reform Act – What Is the Compliance Deadline for Your Organization? To tackle the karoshi (“death by overwork”) problem, Japan enacted the Workstyle Reform Act in June 2018. The Act requires employers to implement specific measures to limit employees’ working hours and create a healthier and more flexible work environment. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has set different compliance deadlines ranging from April 1, 2019 to April 1, 2023 for different…