The UAE Federal Tax Authority (FTA) announced that any person or group proven to have violated the provisions of tax legislation has the right to apply to the FTA to reduce or be exempted from an administrative penalty, provided that there is an excuse acceptable to the FTA, and that there is evidence available justifying the excuse and the violation related thereto, which led to the imposition of an administrative penalty.
As part of its updated 2020 Industrial Strategy, the EU Commission noted that the pandemic has highlighted the trading bloc’s technological and industrial strategy dependencies, which need to be analysed and addressed as part of Europe’s economic recovery.
The Turkish Medicine and Medical Devices Authority (TİTCK) published a critical announcement covering the topic of new practices for the registration and evaluation process of medical devices post-Brexit.
On May 18, 2021, US Customs and Border Protection published in the Federal Register a notice that announces the decision of the Secretary of Homeland Security to terminate arrival restrictions applicable to flights to the United States carrying persons who have recently traveled from, or were otherwise present within, the Republic of Guinea.
The Subsecretary of Open Government and Digital Country, dependent on the Chief of Cabinet of Ministers), created the Vacunación COVID-19 database by means of Disposition No. 06/2021, published in the Official Gazette on 21 April 2021. Its purpose is to organize, accelerate and make effective the administration of vaccines authorized by the competent entities and jurisdictions against COVID-19, contributing to the prevention of the virus and the limitation of its health consequences.
On 4 May 2021, the General Attorney’s Office of the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro enacted Resolution No. 1.052/2021, introducing a new amnesty program (“Resolve Rio”). The Resolve Rio program allows taxpayers to settle their debts with the Rio de Janeiro Municipality through reductions in interest, punitive fines and late payment fees of up to 60%.
As COVID-19 vaccines become more readily available across Canada, employers have questions about how this changes the return to the workplace. In this Quick Chat video, our Labour and Employment lawyers discuss the vaccine policies and procedures being adopted by companies operating in Canada, as well as the legal and practical considerations to address.
The Turkish Medicine and Medical Devices Authority (TİTCK) published two announcements covering critical topics on certain procedures concerning the Product Tracking System (ÜTS).
On 26 March 2021 Saudi Arabia’s long awaited Privatisation Law was published, promulgated by Council of Ministers’ Resolution No. 436 dated 3/8/1442H (corresponding to 16 March 2021) and Royal Decree M/63 dated 5/8/1442H (corresponding to 18 March 2021) (the “Privatisation Law”). The Privatisation Law will come into effect 120 days after publication, and will provide a transparent and flexible regulatory framework for the procurement and documentation of Public Private Partnership projects (“PPPs”) and existing asset privatisations (“Asset Privatisations”) in the Kingdom (“Privatisation Projects”).
Travel restrictions implemented due to the pandemic have changed the way the majority of employers plan their workforce mobility programs. This is especially the case if they are based in countries included on travel red lists due to current high infection rates or different virus variants. While some sectors require employees to be physically present, in many others, remote working has taken off and is expected to remain a permanent feature of the modern workforce, even once cross-border travel has recovered.