Following on from part one of our two-part virtual mini-series “Back in the office: The evolving debate on vaccine mandates, and other Covid-safe measures”, in part two, Stephen Ratcliffe and Richard Cook dissect two particularly thorny issues that employers are currently dealing with in relation to the return to the office: reluctant returners and tensions surrounding vaccinations and the wearing of masks.
Noncitizen travelers can pack their bags. With certain requirements, noncitizen travelers will be allowed to travel to the US as of November 8, 2021, under President Biden’s Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic. The new rules, which focus on the vaccination status of noncitizen travelers, replace the country specific restrictions that have been in place since March 2020. The proclamation also contains limited exceptions within the proclamation for noncitizen travelers who have not been vaccinated.
In our updated and expanded Guide to Issues for Trades of Non-Performing Loans across Europe and China, we have selected some of the key legal and practical issues to be aware of when conducting a no-performing loan trade in jurisdictions that are strongly anticipated to be key areas of activity.
As companies call employees back to the physical workplace, more employers are electing to implement mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies to keep employees safe. In turn, some employees are seeking accommodations for disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs that may prevent them from being vaccinated. In this In Focus video, Baker McKenzie Labour and Employment lawyers share guidelines for Canadian employers to consider as they encounter requests for accommodations from mandatory vaccination policies.
A number of reports have cited the disproportionately negative effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the employment and earnings of women. There is a risk that the effects of the pandemic could further entrench preexisting inequalities, and that the economic impact of the pandemic on businesses could push pay equality down the agenda. Instead, we see the return to “normality” as the perfect opportunity to take stock and identify where inequality can be tackled.
Key developments reflected in this week’s update to the tracker include the following: Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Washington, DC extend their state-wide orders and reopening plans. New Mexico issued a new mask mandate requiring all persons aged two or older to wear a mask indoors, except when eating or drinking.
The emergence and subsequent spread of the Delta variant has led several countries, most notably the United States, into adopting more stringent health and safety protocols. On 29 July 2021, President Biden declared that the US government would be imposing vaccination requirements in certain cases and offering additional incentives for its citizens to be vaccinated. Following this announcement, TMT Talk revisits the important legal aspects of vaccinations, as they apply to the TMT sector.
While the financial impact of COVID 19 has affected almost every sector across the world, the hospitality sector has been one of hardest hit. This sector has borne the brunt of reduced travel together with event and booking cancellations. We look at the key employment related considerations faced as a result.
Over the past few weeks, the Indonesian Government has been reducing the level of Enforcement of Public Activity Restrictions in various regions within Indonesia. In light of this, and to further support Indonesia’s economic recovery, the Minister of Law and Human Rights issued Regulation No. 34 of 2021 on Granting of Immigration Visas and Stay Permits during COVID-19 Spread Handling and National Economic Recovery on 15 September 2021.
Bill of Law No. 2058/2021 (BL), initiated by the Chamber of Deputies on 06/07/2021, proposes amendments to the recent and controversial Law No. 14.151/2021, which deals with the removal of pregnant employees from on-site work during the public health emergency of national importance due to the new coronavirus. The BL specifically regulates (i) telework (ii) remote work and/or (iii) other forms of non-presential work, specifically with regard to pregnant employees.