Global Trends

"Unquestionably, a significant challenge facing most employers globally over the past year has been the coronavirus pandemic. This has predominated over everything else, as employers have attempted to survive economic challenges to their business due to covid-19, while also maintaining a safe and productive work environment."

China

"One of the most critical developments is that legislative institutions in mainland China at different levels have released various employment-related policies in response to the covid-19 pandemic. These new policies mainly focus on two aspects: one is to provide protection for employees..."

Germany

"The discussion in German labour law in recent months has been largely influenced by the covid-19 pandemic. The associated lockdown and temporary closures of many companies have confronted many employers with unprecedented problems..."

Hong Kong

"The year 2020 has been particularly busy for employment lawyers in Hong Kong. Clients have tended to reach out to us for advice at short notice on critical employment and business-related decisions companies may need to make in response to the ever-changing business landscape..."

Italy

"The employment law environment has been subject to significant changes over the past year due to the covid-19 pandemic; since February 2020, there has been a continuous enactment of emergency measures put in place to deal with health, social, economic and labour effects caused by the spread of the virus..."

Morocco

"On 16 July 2020, the Moroccan government adopted Decree No. 2.19.793 relating to the definition of sectors and exceptional cases where an employer can use a fixed-term employment contract (the Decree)..."

Spain

"One of the most important new developments in the Spanish labour jurisdiction, over the past year, has been the consolidation and expansive use of the Exceptional Temporary Employment Regulation Files (ERTE), the procedure of collective temporary layoffs, due to the covid-19 pandemic..."

Turkey

"Without a doubt, the most important new development was the laws passed by the government to tackle the difficulties caused by the covid-19 pandemic. This pandemic has reshaped employer–employee relationships because it has created an environment that is tough on both sides of an employment relationship..."

United States

"Like all employers globally, the most pressing issue in the US has been the covid-19 pandemic. Since March 2020, the US has faced record unemployment and while some jobs have returned as businesses have begun reopening, a staggering number of workers remain without jobs..."