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25 June 2020
Mexico: delayed compliance with USMCA-related working conditions is causing concern in economic quarters
With the 01 July entry into force of the USMCA looming, (the new trade related United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement), the issue of compliance with working conditions in Mexican factories is becoming increasingly urgent on both sides of the border. As the US udnergoes a rise in protectionism and with US Presidential electoral tactics feeding this dynamic, Mexican economic sectors fear that labor law issues could become a costly ‘Achilles heel’, and that the many delays in implementing labor reform,...
24 June 2020
Argentina: legislation being prepared to regulate telework
Once drafted by the Congress Labor Committee, the text (the necessity for which both government and opposition parties agree) could be examined during the next parliamentary session (still to be set). This initiative has government support and has seen its scheduling being fast-tracked due to the coronavirus crisis. As such the parliamentary committee has organized several hearings with the social partners to exchange on arrangements for framing this form of professional activity (working) and with the hope of...
Remote work regulations
24 June 2020
France: relaxation of the company health protocol
Since it can be observed that ‘the health situation is improving significantly’, it is possible ‘to envisage a further easing of activity-related health conditions’ outlined the new protocol published on 24 June (for details of the earlier protocol c.f. article No. 11906). The new protocol provides that except for persons at serious risk of SARS-CoV-2, ‘teleworking is no longer the norm, but remains a solution that is to be favored in the context of a gradual return to physical face-to-face activities,...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
24 June 2020
Great Britain: vulnerable people can return to work in August
On 22 June, the government announced the imminent end to lockdown arrangements for those most vulnerable (most at risk of suffering from Covid-19). From 06 July those deemed vulnerable to coronavirus will be able to start leaving their homes and will be able to return to their workplaces from 01 August. However, if these employees are able to telework, they should to continue to do so as working from home is still being recommended. Since 21 March, some 2.2 million Britons had been asked to confine themselves on...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
22 June 2020
Greece: employment support measures extended
In mid-March, at the beginning of lockdown in Greece, which led to the majority of companies in the country closing, the government decided to grant an allowance of €800, paid from April onwards, to all workers whose contracts were not renewed or who were placed on partial unemployment. The Greek state also committed to providing such workers with social security cover for sickness and retirement and to pay their social security contributions (see article n°11734). Given the impact of the lockdown, the Greek government has extended some of these measures, particularly for the tourism, culture and sports sectors, which are still being...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
18 June 2020
France: first legal challenge to the shortening of related works council consultation deadlines due to Covid-19 proves unsuccessful
The ruling on 17 June by a French court of first instance (lower court), came about from what ostensibly appeared as a classic dispute between works council (WC) and company management over the provision of the information necessary for the WC to be able to provide an reasoned opinion as part of a consultation procedure. In fact, the issue grew beyond the scope of a company dispute, because trade unions, expert and lawyers groups joined in to question the shortening of the information and consultation periods,...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
17 June 2020
Japan: record amounts in additional budget directed to saving jobs
On 12 June, Japan’s Diet parliament, approved a second record budget of almost 32 trillion yen (€262 billion) to ‘improve the government’s measures designed to protect lives and livelihoods from Covid-19 and to accelerate economic recovery.’ Included in the budget’s categories are several provisions concerning support for maintaining employment, which although largely intended for enterprises also include direct payments to employees.
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
17 June 2020
Chile: the government and the opposition agree on a ‘Covid agreement’ to address the economic and social impact of the pandemic
Late into the night of 14 June, and after weeks of tough negotiations, Sebastián Piñera’s (liberal right) government came to an agreement with the main opposition parties (Socialist Party, Party for Democracy, and Christian Democracy Party), over an ‘Emergency Plan Framework Agreement for the Protection of Family Income and the Reactivation of the Economy and Jobs.’ To this end a new $12 billion program will be set up to finance this extraordinary ‘Covid fund’, which over a 24-month period will be...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
17 June 2020
Germany: employees’ rights during internal investigations are laid out in draft legislation on ‘integrity in the economy’
On, 16 June, Germany’s Federal Council of Ministers adopted the draft “Act to strengthen integrity in the economy.’ Criticized by the Employers’ Federations, but provided for in the ruling coalition contract, the legislation brings together a series of measures that are much stricter than before, and that apply to companies in which one or more employees have been guilty of wrongdoing. When the text, which is to be put to the vote in the Bundestag before the summer recess, becomes law, the...