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Stanchi Studio Legale | European Union, Italy | 31 Mar 2021

Employee entitled to payment of holiday accrued between dismissal and reinstatement

A court recently held that an employee's dismissal had been unlawful and ordered her to be reinstated. Following her reinstatement, the employee asked her employer to pay her an indemnity in lieu of holiday and leave not enjoyed in the period between her dismissal and her reinstatement. The Supreme Court departed from its own precedents on this matter and ruled that the claim was grounded, in......
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Lewis Silkin | United Kingdom | 31 Mar 2021

Supreme Court decides that care workers are not entitled to minimum wage when asleep during 'sleep-in' shifts

In a significant case for the care sector, the Supreme Court has finally given its long-awaited judgment on whether care workers working so-called 'sleep-in' shifts are entitled to the national minimum wage (NMW) for periods when they are asleep. The decision makes clear that individuals who are expected to sleep during a shift are entitled to the NMW only when they are awake for the purposes......
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McDermott Will & Emery | USA | 17 Mar 2021

COVID-19 vaccine Q&A for employers

With the COVID-19 vaccination process underway, employers are navigating unprecedented issues within their workforce. This article explores the most pressing questions that employers are asking – including whether employers can (and should) mandate vaccination – as well as other novel workplace challenges stemming from the roll-out of a COVID-19 vaccine.
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Homble Olsby | Littler | Norway | 10 Mar 2021

New rules on tax-free gifts from employers and tax exemption for influenza and COVID-19 vaccines

The government has made several changes to the regulations concerning the reporting and taxation of benefits in kind. The changes aim to simplify how employers apply the regulations in practice. Previously, gifts from employers were tax free only when they were part of the company's general scheme; however, this requirement has been repealed. The government has also decided that influenza and......
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McDermott Will & Emery | USA | 10 Mar 2021

Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination programmes

With the COVID-19 vaccination process underway, employers are navigating unprecedented issues within their workforce. This article explores employers' obligations when implementing mandatory vaccination programmes, issues concerning employee data that is provided as proof of vaccination or pre-vaccination screening and defining 'reasonable accommodation' and potential Americans with......
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Lewis Silkin | United Kingdom | 10 Mar 2021

Furlough scheme extended to September 2021

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has announced in the Spring Budget 2021 an extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, better known as the 'furlough scheme', for all sectors until 30 September 2021, with employer contributions gradually increasing from 1 July 2021. The latest announcement is highly welcome news for many employers.
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Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak | Poland | 3 Mar 2021

Recent legislative changes: everything HR departments need to know

Ongoing monitoring of the latest legislative changes is an essential part of HR departments' work. To help employers, this article highlights the most significant legislative changes so far in 2021, including with regard to blood donors being awarded an additional day off work, the extension of the additional carers' allowance and the National Labour Inspectorate's inspection plan for 2021.
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Lewis Silkin | United Kingdom | 3 Mar 2021

Supreme Court confirms that Uber drivers are workers

The Supreme Court has unanimously decided that drivers engaged by Uber are workers rather than independent contractors. It also decided that drivers are working when they are signed into the Uber app and ready to work. As the Supreme Court has dismissed Uber's appeal, the case will now return to the employment tribunal to decide the substantive claims, which concern holiday pay and minimum wage.
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Homble Olsby | Littler | Norway | 3 Mar 2021

Sickness benefits, work assessment allowance, unemployment benefits and entry quarantine rules extended

As part of the COVID-19 crisis package, the government has proposed to extend the schemes for sickness benefits, the jobseekers' work assessment allowance, unemployment benefits and employers' expenses relating to foreign nationals' entry quarantine and employees' quarantine hotel stays.
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Homble Olsby | Littler | Norway | 24 Feb 2021

Proposal to extend increased daily unemployment benefit and temporary lay-off periods until July 2021

The government has proposed to extend until 1 July 2021 both the period in which the increased daily unemployment benefit rate applies and the temporary lay-off period. The government stated that the extended measures aim to give employees and employers more predictability during a difficult time.
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