The worldwide health alert triggered by coronavirus is generating a great deal of uncertainty among companies, affecting all aspects of their activity. Since the crisis took hold, Garrigues has been at the disposal of its clients, with multidisciplinary teams specializing in all practice areas in the countries in which it is present. These are also the teams responsible for supervising the contents of this Special section, in which we provide information on all legal developments in relation to the coronavirus crisis, on proposals made by social partners, agreements, decisions, orders, etc.; in short, all the relevant information which companies need to be aware of.
The toughening of lockdown measures in Spain and resulting closure of all business activities not classed as essential makes it absolutely necessary to keep very much in sight this week the measures approved in the labor and employment field. In the domain of corporate law and commercial contracts, the decision governing the first tranche of guarantees to soften the economic effects of the crisis has already been published in the Spanish Official State Gazette (BOE). As for tax matters, the personal income tax and wealth tax season is about to start. In the litigation arena, the general statute of limitations for personal action has been extended. And there are also important mobility and transport, and restructuring and insolvency issues and matters related to administrative law.
Pandemic has entered the world’s daily vocabulary in the most dramatic and unexpected way. As the severity of the situation worsens, a growing number of legislative initiatives attempt to address the needs of citizens and society in the face of the outbreak. This note is aimed at reporting on the main legislative or regulatory initiatives that have been taken in Portugal with a view, mainly, to protecting society against the spread of the new coronavirus and the effects that the pandemic causes on social and economic life.
This measure will not apply to the activities and cases listed in the annex to the royal decree-law, or to employees who are already working remotely or employees of any companies that have already applied for or are implementing a temporary layoff with suspension of contracts or are authorized to carry out a temporary layoff with suspension of contracts while the leave set out in this royal decree-law is in place.This measure will not apply to the activities and cases listed in the annex to the royal decree-law, or to employees who are already working remotely or employees of any companies that have already applied for or are implementing a temporary layoff with suspension of contracts or are authorized to carry out a temporary layoff with suspension of contracts while the leave set out in this royal decree-law is in place.
Royal Decree-Law 9/2020, including a number of additional measures to Royal Decree-Law 8/2020, has been published and contains provisions on the application process for unemployment benefit, the monitoring of temporary layoffs (ERTEs) or the tolling of terms of temporary contracts.
On March 26, 2020, the Portuguese Government approved Decree-Law nº 10-J/2020 (“Moratorium Regime”), putting into practice exceptional measures for protecting families, companies and welfare institutions, in relation to the weight of their debt service obligations, specifically creating a moratorium which will apply until September 30, 2020. A special regime is also created for the grant of guarantees by the Portuguese State. This Alert contains the most relevant points of the regime approved.
When developing the Anti-Crisis Shield project, the government also took into account the difficult situation of foreigners staying in Poland during a pandemic and some of the new provisions are intended to make life easier for those who are waiting for a decision on a permit to stay in Poland or cannot return to their country.
The package of the so-called "Anti-Crisis Shield", as announced, includes a number of changes, among others, directly affecting employers and employees, which are to mitigate, at least in part, the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. At present, the Sejm is proceeding with the adoption of acts that make up the "Anti-Crisis Shield".