Global Solutions, Episode 29: Remote Work and Telework Rules in EMEA

In this episode of our Global Solutions series, Chris Anderson and Andre Appel address laws regarding remote work in Europe, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates that were implemented as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The speakers focus on four issues that might arise in workplaces that have implemented remote work arrangements: (1) how employers and employees agree on teleworking arrangements; (2) whether employers must pay to implement a remote work arrangement, including payment for the necessary equipment to facilitate work from home; (3) employers’ workplace safety obligations with regard to employees who work from home; and (4) employee morale issues that might result from teleworking arrangements.

Global Solutions, Episode 28: Remote-Work Considerations for Employers Doing Business in the Asia-Pacific Region

In this episode of our Global Solutions series, Mami Kato and Skye Hao provide an overview of the latest trends and requirements related to remote-work arrangements in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, with a particular focus on China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. The speakers address issues involving employee time tracking and compensation, workplace safety, antidiscrimination protections based on employee status, work rules and employment policies, and other emergent considerations for employers. Ogletree Deakins’ Global Solutions podcast series includes additional country-specific flash briefings, full episodes on relevant topics for multinational employers, recap episodes, and companion materials.

Global Solutions Flash Briefing: Philippines FIRB Extends WFH Regime With An Important Change

In this episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Ethan Isaac and Eric Lee discuss recent guidance from the Philippines’ Fiscal Incentives Review Board (FIRB) that requires employers in the “Special Economic Zones”  to have 10 percent of their employees working on-site in order to continue receiving corporate tax incentives. As the Delta variant causes COVID-19 cases to increase again and employees continue to work from home, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority has appealed to the FIRB to maintain the previous status quo. (Since the recording of this podcast, the FIRB denied the appeal.)

Global Solutions, Episode 27: Remote Work Rules in the Americas

In this episode of our Global Solutions series, Pietro Straulino-Rodríguez, Carlos Colόn-Machargo, and Shir Fulga address laws regarding remote work in Canada, Mexico, and Latin American countries. The speakers discuss several topics associated with remote work, including workplace safety, employee privacy, the provision of equipment, and expense reimbursement for utilities (e.g., internet service). In addition, the speakers cover the various wage and hour issues involved in tracking employees’ hours, paying overtime compensation, and engaging employees only when they are scheduled to work. (Note: In the time between the recording of the podcast and its airing, the Ontario government introduced a new bill entitled Bill 27, Working for Workers Act, 2021, which, if passed, would mandate the implementation of “right to disconnect” provisions under the Employment Standards Act, 2000.)

Global Solutions, Episode 26: Global Mandatory Vaccination Policies

In this episode of our Global Solutions series, Ethan Isaac and Andre Appel provide an overview of the laws regarding the implementation of mandatory vaccination policies in workplaces globally. Ogletree Deakins’ Global Solutions podcast series includes additional country-specific flash briefings, full episodes on relevant topics for multinational employers, recap episodes, and companion materials.

Conversations About Race: Ethnicity Pay Reporting in the UK

In this episode of a podcast miniseries in partnership with NOTICED, Justin Tarka and Rebecca Emery discuss the recent push for ethnicity pay reporting in the United Kingdom. The speakers compare ethnicity pay reporting with gender pay gap reporting. The speakers also address the challenges of implementing ethnicity pay reporting and discuss the current status of government action on mandating ethnicity pay reporting.

TECHPLACE™ Talk: New United States and European Union Guidance Relating to Update on Regulation of Artificial Intelligence

In this episode of our TECHPLACETM Talk series, Danielle Ochs and Jenn Betts are joined by Colleen DeRosa, Stephen Riga, and Justin Tarka to address new guidance relating to employer use of artificial intelligence. In particular, the speakers discuss the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) recent guidance in the United States and the European Commission’s proposal for the Artificial Intelligence Act.

Global Solutions, Flash Briefing: Argentina Permits Employers to Require Vaccinated Employees to Return to the Workplace

In this Global Solutions flash briefing, Carlos Colón-Machargo discusses Argentina’s recent joint resolution allowing employers to require certain vaccinated employees to return to the workplace. Ogletree Deakins’ Global Solutions podcast series includes additional country-specific flash briefings, full episodes on relevant topics for multinational employers, recap episodes, and companion materials.

Global Solutions, Episode 25: Diversity Data Beyond Borders

In this crossover episode of our Global Solutions podcast series and our newly-launched DE&I@Work series, Bonnie Puckett and Justin Tarka provide an overview of the use of diversity surveys as part of an employer’s diversity and inclusion program. The speakers address data privacy implications and discuss best practices for data collection. Ogletree Deakins’ Global Solutions podcast series includes country-specific flash briefings, full episodes on relevant topics for multinational employers, recap episodes, and companion materials. Ogletree Deakins’ DE&I@Work series focuses on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, including roundtables with diversity and inclusion stakeholders. A companion article and other relevant content are forthcoming.

Global Solutions, Episode 24: COVID-19 Surveillance Testing

In this episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Andre Appel and Jaslyn Johnson provide an overview of the use of COVID-19 surveillance testing globally. The speakers also address the types of COVID-19 testing and data protection concerns arising under the General Data Protection Regulation. Ogletree Deakins’ Global Solutions podcast series includes country-specific flash briefings, full episodes on relevant topics for multinational employers, recap episodes, and companion materials.

Global Solutions, Flash Briefing: China Sexual Harassment Case Briefing

In this Global Solutions flash briefing, Skye Hao discusses two recent landmark sexual harassment cases in China and the enactment of China’s civil code, which took effect on January 1, 2021. Ogletree Deakins’ Global Solutions podcast series includes more country-specific flash briefings, full episodes on relevant topics for multinational employers, recap episodes, and companion materials.

Global Solutions, Flash Briefing: South Korea Employment Law Update

In this Global Solution flash briefing, Jean Kim discusses two key employment law updates impacting employers in South Korea. Ogletree Deakins’ Global Solutions podcast series includes more country-specific flash briefings, full episodes on relevant topics for multinational employers, recap episodes, and companion materials.

Global Solutions, Flash Briefing: Japan’s 2021 Response to COVID-19

In this Global Solutions Flash Briefing, Mami Kato discusses the Government of Japan’s response to evidence that new strains of COVID-19 have emerged and an increase in positive cases generally. In addition, she addresses the recently extended state of emergency, entry restrictions, vaccination rollout, and the impending Summer Olympic Games. Ogletree Deakins’ Global Solutions series includes more country-specific flash briefings, full podcast episodes on relevant topics for multinational employers, recap episodes, and companion materials.

Global Solutions, Episode 23: Data Privacy Concerns Associated With Vaccination Policies

In this episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Justin Tarka and Stephen Riga discuss the data privacy concerns related to vaccination policies. The speakers address wellness programs and other employer involvement in employee healthcare, including key considerations for collecting employee health information and implementing vaccination programs.

Global Solutions: The One in the New Year—A 2020 Recap

In this recap episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Ethan Isaac and Bonnie Puckett reflect on episodes and developments from 2020, including mobile applications relating to COVID-19, remote working, and global mobility. They also discuss the top five areas of interest for employers in 2021.

Global Solutions, Episode 22: Key Considerations for Employers as the COVID-19 Vaccines Become Available

In this episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Rebecca Emery and Katie Krouse discuss the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States and across Europe. The speakers address key considerations for employers, including vaccination policies, responding to employee concerns regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, and access to employee health information.

Global Solutions, Episode 21: Can Employers Fire Workers who Refuse the COVID-19 Vaccine and Other Conundrums

In this episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Stephen Shore and Michael Comartin discuss factors that Canadian employers may need to consider as distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine nears fruition. The speakers will address the pros and cons of employer policies mandating vaccinations and considerations related to implementation of mandatory and voluntary policies.

Global Solutions, Episode 20: There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays

In this episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Curtis Chow and Ethan Isaac address the impact of COVID-19-related restrictions on holiday travel. The speakers discuss considerations for employers, including country-specific entry restrictions, work visas, and how to protect the workplace following travel by employees.

Global Solutions, Flash Briefing: Puerto Rico’s COVID-19 Reporting Requirement

In this episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Enrique Del Cueto-Pérez discusses reporting requirements for confirmed and suspected positive cases of COVID-19 for employers with employees in Puerto Rico.

Global Solutions, Episode 19: To Party or Not to Party? That is the Question

In this episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Rebecca Marks and Jean Kim discuss whether employers can host workplace holiday parties during the COVID-19 pandemic and the gathering restrictions in a number of jurisdictions. The speakers also provide alternatives to in-person gatherings to aid employers in maintaining employee morale.

Global Solutions, Episode 18: Workplace Transmission During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In this episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Jaslyn Johnson and Rebecca Emery discuss what constitutes a COVID-19 workplace outbreak or cluster in various jurisdictions. The speakers also cover the different requirements placed on employers that are faced with an outbreak, including mandatory disinfection procedures, the use of contact tracing apps, business closures, protocols for sending employees home and returning them to work after a quarantine, and seeking health information from employees.

Global Solutions, Flash Briefing: Mexico’s Outsourcing Laws and Internal Work Regulations

In this episode of the Global Solutions podcast series, Mauricio Romero discusses Mexico’s laws regarding outsourcing and subcontracting work. The speaker also explains mandatory internal work regulations in Mexico.

Global Solutions, Episode 17: Global Mask Requirements

In this episode of the Global Solutions podcast series, Rebecca Marks and Andre Appel provide a high-level roundup of mask mandates in various countries around the world. The speakers explain how these mandates impact employers and the new enforcement requirements for their workplaces.

Global Solutions, Episode 16: An Overview of COVID-19 Litigation

In this episode of the Global Solutions podcast series, Bonnie Puckett and Dan Dauplaise discuss variations in international laws on at-will employment, severance, terminations for cause, and terminations of employment agreements. The speakers explain COVID-19-related dismissals and the various ways they can be challenged through litigation across the globe.

Global Solutions, Episode 15: Policy Updates During a Global Pandemic

In this episode of the Global Solutions series, Alexis Borestel and Mami Kato discuss internal work rules, and how employers may wish to modify them in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The speakers explain internal regulations and work rules in effect in a number of European countries, as well as in Japan, South Korea, Peru, China, and other nations.

Global Solutions, Episode 14: Stealth Expatriates and Related Tax Implications

In this episode of the Global Solutions series, Jean Kim and Mike Mahoney discuss the tax implications that emerge when expatriates work remotely outside of the United States both during and before the COVID-19 pandemic. The speakers discuss income tax, social tax, and administrative issues employers may face when their employees travel and work internationally.

Global Solutions, Episode 13: New Support Initiatives to Maintain Workforces During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In this episode of the Global Solutions series, Justin Tarka and Ryan Martin discuss a variety of government programs and subsidies in Singapore, Brazil, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and across Europe to maintain workforces during the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic. The speakers also discuss new legislation regarding reductions in force and redundancies, wage support initiatives, and increased unemployment benefits.

The Complete Works of Global Solutions (Abridged and Revised): A Recap and Updates from Previous Episodes of the Global Solutions Series

In this recap edition of our Global Solutions series, Ethan Isaac, Bonnie Puckett, and Carson Burnham look back on the last six episodes and reflect on trends in remote work arrangements in Europe and across the globe, Chinese privacy laws, the new Chinese sexual harassment law, and other topics that have emerged across the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global Solutions, Episode 12: Getting Down to Business in a COVID-19 Era

In this episode of the Global Solutions series, Katie Krouse and Adolfo Blonval address sector-specific COVID-19 guidelines that multinational employers may want to consider as they navigate an evolving COVID-19 business environment. The speakers discuss country-specific guidance for various industries, including manufacturing, retail, personal services, tourism, and hospitality.

Global Solutions, Episode 11: Stop in the Name of Leave—the Latest on COVID-19 Leave Laws

In this episode of the Global Solutions series, Rebecca Emery and Susanna Bramlett address leaves of absence from employment during the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of employees who are ill, considered to be in vulnerable populations, have been exposed to the virus, have an ill family member, or facing childcare challenges as a result of schools that are opening virtually. The speakers also discuss the statutory leave laws that have been enacted since the beginning of the pandemic as well as COVID-19-related reasons that precipitate a leave of absence.