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Coronavirus: Impact of exceptional and temporary measures on enforcement proceedings [Portugal]

A number of exceptional measures have been introduced in the justice sector. These measures are set out in Law 1-A/2020 of 18 March and Decree‑Law 10-A/2020 of 13 March (as amended by Law 4-A/2020 of 6 April). The measures include exceptional rules on the extension of time limits and of the periods to take judicial steps. The rules will remain in place until the end of the exceptional situation to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat COVID-19.

Covid-19: Returning to work – meeting your legal health and safety obligations

Key points: HSE receives 10% increase in its budget to support employers in ensuring a safe return to work Government guidance advises businesses to publish Coronavirus Risk Assessment on their website, with businesses who have over 50 workers “expected to do so” HSE will do spot inspections of workplaces to ensure employees are working safely […]

Furlough and redundancy: Jurisdictional comparison for Ireland, Guernsey and Jersey

The governments of Ireland, Guernsey and Jersey have created payroll co-funding/subsidy schemes in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The rules and eligibility criteria are different in each jurisdiction, as are the laws on furlough, variation of terms, redundancy and collective consultation. In this advisory, we have sought to help businesses with employees in one or more of these jurisdictions to understand the nuances and distinctions that exist under the respective laws.



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In brief: Pensions law too complex say lawyers

The Association of Pension Lawyers has called for reform of share disclosure law which demands disclosure of holdings above a three per cent threshold in public companies. The association warns current rules regarding the aggregating interests through occupational pension schemes are overly complicated and it has called for simpler rules to avoid trustees being subjected […]

No justice for Leeson in Singapore says QC

BARRISTER Alun Jones QC has attacked the Singapore criminal justice system saying Nick Leeson, the derivatives trader blamed for the £860 million collapse of Barings, may not get a fair trial if extradited there. He warns other barristers to think twice before considering defending Leeson in any Singapore trial, as that would be used by […]

Puddephatt signs up to Charter 88

THE TOP job at one of Britain’s leading legal rights pressure groups is up for grabs following the resignation of Andrew Puddephatt as general secretary of Liberty. Puddephatt will join political campaign group Charter 88 in September as full-time director after six years at Liberty, replacing Colin Darracott. He leaves behind him a five-strong legal […]


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