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COVID-19 GLOBAL GUIDE FOR BUSINESS

 

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, our Global Law Firm Network has assembled a COVID-19 Global Guide for Business.

Our Global Guide is designed for multinational businesses, C-level and human resources executives, in-house counsel and anyone who is interested in learning about the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Global Guide includes succinct answers, provided by legal professionals located in more than 40 countries, to nearly two-dozen important business and employment questions related to those countries’ response to the pandemic.

These legal professionals are members of the McDermott Global Network; without their contributions and continued commitment, this guide would not be possible.

 

DIG DEEPER: MORE THAN 40 COUNTRIES ANALYZED

The COVID-19 pandemic and the world’s response are constantly evolving. As a result, we will update the Global Guide as new information becomes available.

Download the complimentary Guide for a breakdown of questions and answers from across Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, the Asia Pacific and North America.

A sample list of questions include:

  • Has your country enacted any special labor or employment measures to deal with COVID-19?
  • Can employers furlough employees during this COVID-19 health crisis?
  • Are the federal, state or municipal governments providing any type of economic relief or support for employers and/or employees during this health crisis?
  • Are employees obligated to disclose to their employer if they have tested positive for COVID-19?
  • How does the principle of force majeure apply under the applicable contract laws of your country?
  • What remedies are available to businesses in the event they default with contractual obligations?
  • Are there any small-business protections available in your country and can the local subsidiary of a foreign entity access them?
  • Has your country issued any tax amnesty or relief programs because of COVID-19?

GET ESSENTIAL INSIGHTS INTO COVID-19 BUSINESS DATA FROM 40+ COUNTRIES

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LETTER FROM THE CO-EDITORS IN CHIEF

Dear valued clients, friends, and colleagues all over the world:

We hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. In response to the current pandemic, the McDermott Will & Emery Global Law Firm Network has assembled the attached COVID-19 Global Guide for Business. As of the time of this posting, there have been nearly 2.5 million people worldwide infected by the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, resulting in almost 165,000 deaths. Hundreds of millions of people are living under various “shelter-in-place” orders, the details of which are constantly shifting in response to new information. Millions of jobs have been lost and the world economy has been severely shaken. At the same time, millions of people have been able to continue to work or carry on with their studies through the use of technology.

Although all nations are fighting a common enemy in COVID-19, governmental responses to the outbreak have differed significantly based on various factors, including local laws, culture and politics, and the degree of severity of the outbreak in each country.

This Global Guide is designed for multinational businesses, C-level and human resources executives, and anyone who is interested in learning about the world's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Global Guide includes succinct answers, provided by legal professionals located in more than 35 countries, to nearly two-dozen important business and employment questions related to those countries' response to the outbreak of COVID-19.

These legal professionals are members of the McDermott Global Network; without their contributions and continued commitment, this guide could not have been produced. In the next few weeks, we expect to expand the guide to include responses from legal professionals in additional countries. If you would like us to add a particular country or Q&A to the guide, please let us know.

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic and the world's response to it is a constantly evolving story. As a result, the information contained in this Global Guide will need to be regularly updated. We will do our best to promptly refresh each country's answers as new developments unfold.

We hope that you find the information contained in this guide to be interesting and helpful. Please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions on how it can be improved. And please let us know if we can help you, your family or friends during these difficult times.

Brian Cousin, Partner, Leader of International Employment Practice | +1 212 547 5420 | bcousin@mwe.com
Manuel Rajunov, Partner | +1 214 295 8014 | mrajunov@mwe.com



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