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Newsletter August, 2020

Nigeria: NECA assesses the policy responses needed to support businesses and employees

August, 2020
  • 4,021 companies replied to NECA’s survey on the direct and indirect impact of the pandemic on their operation;
  • A series of request was compiled and was presented to the Government.

New Law on licensing for private employment agencies in South Australia

August, 2020
  • In July 2020, the amended Labour Hire Licensing Act entered into force in South Australia.
  • The amendments narrow the licensing needs for staffing (labour hire) companies to specific sectors and businesses.

Canada: Enhanced labour inspection and financial support for employers in the agricultural sector

August, 2020
  • Employers of temporary foreign workers in Canada are required to comply with the Quarantine Act and respect the mandatory 14-day quarantine period upon entry in Canada
  • The quarantine period must be paid to employees. However, the government announced a financial support to employers up to CAD $1,500 per temporary foreign worker to cover employee pay during the mandatory quarantine period and other associated costs
  • The government enhanced labour inspection for employers in agriculture

EU Court decision on data protection “Schrems II”

August, 2020
  • In July 2020, a significant decision on data transfer concerning the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was made by the Court of Justice of the European Union
  • This decision could potentially block the transfer of data between a country of the European Union and a third country, including the US

Denmark: change in legislation makes the job sharing scheme more flexible

August, 2020
  • New rules are adopted to make the Danish job sharing scheme more flexible
  • The regulation was followed by local and/or sectoral agreements  

Brazilian Supreme Federal Court issued a preliminary decision questioning the nature of Covid-19 as an occupational disease

August, 2020
  • The Federal Supreme Court did not bring clarity on this issue and in any case its decision was preliminary
  • The previous legislation on the recognition of occupational diseases remain

France gets rid of a EUR10 tax on a short term contracts

August, 2020
  • Specific short-term contracts previously subject to a tax of EUR10 are now exempted

Germany: Labour Court decision on video surveillance for distance monitoring during Covid-19

August, 2020
  • On 24 April 2020, the Labour Court of Wesel, a city of the North Rhine-Westphalia, issued a decision on the use of specific devices to permanently monitor the behaviour of employees to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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