During these unprecedented times our hearts and thoughts go out to all of those being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The well-being of our ALFA International member firm attorneys, clients, families, vendors and staff, is of the utmost importance and we encourage everyone to closely follow the guidelines of the CDC and the WHO in order to stay well and prevent the spread of this virus.
ALFA International lawyers and law firms – from every jurisdiction across our country and the world – are responding to the COVID-19 crisis. To that end, ALFA International has set up this page to be a central repository for links to helpful resources for you and your colleagues, including:
COVID-19 QUICK REFERENCE GUIDEs
The Workers' Compensation COVID-19 Quick Reference Guide focuses on questions surrounding the compensability of COVID-19 claims under the Workers’ Compensation Act in different jurisdictions.
The Quick Reference Guides below provide a brief overview and links pertaining to executive orders and useful resources within each state or country as well as information related to how courts are addressing pending litigation.
Click HERE for the International COVID-19 Reference Guide PDF
These documents will be updated with new information as it becomes available so please check back often.
Check back later for upcoming webinars. CLE credit will be available for all webinars.
RECORDINGS OF PAST WEBINARS
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MEMBER FIRM ALERTS (UPDATED may 20, 2020)
Risky Business: COVID-19 Employment Litigation Claims Will Be on the Rise
Virtually every aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic has increased potential employment litigation exposure from a variety of sources, including existing statutes as well as new federal, state and local laws. Click HERE to read Sills Cummis & Gross' overview of areas employers will likely see an uptick in employment litigation and ways in which to minimize risk.
UPDATE: The Fed Commits to Launching the Main Street Lending Program by June 1, with Significant Changes
In testimony before the Senate Banking Committee on May 19, Jerome Powell, the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Fed”), promised to have the Main Street Lending Program (the “Program”) ready by June 1, 2020. The Program will launch with some significant changes from the initial proposal made in early April. Click HERE to read Frantz Ward's overview of the changes in the Program from the initial proposal.
Returning to Work: Health Checks & Compensable Time
After sheltering-in-place, remote working, and business closures, employers across the country have started planning to bring employees back to work. The first item of business is how to ensure the workplace is safe for employees and the general public. For this, many employers are turning to employee health checks. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to compensate hourly, non-exempt employees for all time spent working. Does “working time” extend to the time it takes for a thermometer to beep? Click HERE to read Nilan Johnson Lewis' article providing insight into what employers should consider to minimize the risk of a wage & hour violation due to employee health checks.
COVID-19: Considerations for Companies Toolkit (UK)
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing disruption to businesses of all sizes across the UK. With an uncertain economic outlook, reviewing how a company can deal with and adapt to the evolving business environment is critical. Understanding the legal rights and responsibilities of the company, and its directors, is also a vital part of this task. Click HERE to read Charles Russell Speechlys' resource that sets out some of the key issues for companies and directors, focusing on supporting employees, protecting company finances and commercial relationships and dealing with real estate issues
COVID-19 Immigration Update (Canada)
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are various implications for the immigration world, including for those already in Canada, as well as those looking to travel to, or return to Canada, from abroad. In particular, there are travel restrictions in place for land and air travel, which will particularly impact foreign nationals that may wish to enter Canada for work or similar purposes. Click HERE to read Stewart McKelvey's overview of current travel restrictions and other related immigration issues. Last updated on May 20, 2020.
COVID-19 & Employment Law in Japan - Some Key Questions
The sudden onset of the COVID-19 emergency has caused significant disruption across swathes of the Japanese economy and raised novel and urgent questions for employers as they seek to handle the challenges they face, whilst balancing the protection of their business and their obligations to their workers. Click HERE to read Atsumi & Sakai's memorandum that briefly addresses a number of key employment law issues and questions.
COVID-19: Creation of the Health Committee and the Safety Plan for the Return to Business Activities (Panama)
In planning for the post-quarantine return to business activities, the Ministry of Labor (MITRADEL, for its initials in Spanish) based on Executive Decree No. 78 of March 16, 2020, has required business to create Special Committees on Health and Hygiene for the Prevention and Care of COVID-19. These committees must include representatives for both management and labor. Click HERE to read Morgan & Morgan's overview of what businesses need to do to form this committee.
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