We analyze Royal Decree-Law 16/2020, of April 28, 2020, published in the April 29 edition of the Official State Gazette (BOE), adopting procedural and organizational measures to confront COVID-19 (RDL 16/2020). And entering into force on April 30, 2020 (the day after its publication in the Official State Gazette).
On April 2, 2020, the Portuguese Assembly of the Republic approved Law No. 4-A/2020, dated April 6, which made the first amendment to Law No. 1-A/2020, dated March 19. The latter established various temporary and exceptional measures in response to the pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and COVID-19 infection, affecting the area of the Portuguese Courts and Justice Authorities. From the outset, in terms of deadlines, court proceedings and entry into force, various shortcomings, inaccuracies and doubts over interpretation associated with the application of such a relevant instrument became apparent.   
A constant stream of new legislation is being approved that affects businesses. Every week Garrigues provides a summary of the main issues that companies need to take a look at over the coming days. This week we feature the new legislation approved on financial and contractual moratoriums and deferrals, the new labor measures or the VAT exemption and customs duty relief on importations of goods to combat the epidemic, together with the advisability of reviewing and analyzing companies’ financial and net worth positions. We also discuss the potential financial liability of the state.
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.
The March 18, 2020 edition of the Official State Gazette has published Royal Decree-Law 8/2020 of March 17, 2020 on urgent and extraordinary measures to confront the economic and social impact of COVID-19. The decree-law comes into force on its publication date, for a one-month term, and allows this term to be extended.
We are currently undergoing a public health crisis, caused by the new coronavirus («COVID-19»), the impact of which on the business sector could have significant legal consequences, from a contractual, dispute resolution, labor, regulatory and even criminal perspective. This broad range of potential incidents should warrant special attention and be handled from a multidisciplinary legal point of view.
The impact of the health crisis on the business world may have consequences from a contractual, litigation, employment, regulatory and even criminal perspective. The broad range of cases must be addressed individually from a multidisciplinary legal perspective.