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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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