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Portolano | Decreto Rilancio: Overview of the main measures to support business and companies in Italy

The Italian government has approved Law Decree No. 34 of May 19, 2020 (“Decreto Rilancio”), which includes several measures aimed at providing additional support to businesses impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. Below is an overview of said measures. A. Reduction of IRAP (Regional Tax on Production Activities) Section 24 of the Decreto Rilancio sets forth an exemption for companies and self-employed workers with revenues not exceeding EUR250 million in the last financial year from payment of (1) the balance of IRAP for the current tax period until December...

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H&K: New Employer Obligations in the Age of COVID-19: Safety Policies, PPE, and Deep Cleaning

Employment Attorneys David Santeusanio, Howard Sokol and Matthew Sloane co-authored an article in the Employee Relations Law Journal addressing practical considerations and obligations for employers when establishing safety plans to reopen the workplace. COVID-19 has altered the reality of workplace safety and corresponding industry standards. Employers face dramatically different workplace challenges and resulting new obligations regarding safety precautions and worker protections. Throughout the pandemic, federal agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) and the Centers for Disease Control and...

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Federal Reserve Board releases results of stress tests for 2020 and additional sensitivity analyses conducted in light of the coronavirus event

The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday released the results of its stress tests for 2020 and additional sensitivity analyses that the Board conducted in light of the coronavirus event. "The banking system has been a source of strength during this crisis," Vice Chair Randal K. Quarles said, "and the results of our sensitivity analyses show that our banks can remain strong in the face of even the harshest shocks." In addition to its normal stress test, the Board conducted a sensitivity...

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Coronavirus Global Response: EIB and Commission pledge additional €4.9 billion

The ‘Global Goal: Unite for our Future’ pledging summit organised today by the European Commission and Global Citizen mobilised €6.15 billion in additional funding to help develop and ensure equitable access to coronavirus vaccines, tests and treatments. The money raised will also support economic recovery in the world’s most fragile regions and communities. This amount includes a €4.9 billion pledge by the European Investment Bank, in partnership with the European Commission, and €485 million committed by EU Member States. This brings total pledges under the Coronavirus Global Response pledging marathon,...

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Reopening from the Great Lockdown: Uneven and Uncertain Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed economies into a Great Lockdown, which helped contain the virus and save lives, but also triggered the worst recession since the Great Depression. Over 75 percent of countries are now reopening at the same time as the pandemic is intensifying in many emerging market and developing economies. Several countries have started to recover. However, in the absence of a medical solution, the strength of the recovery is highly uncertain and the impact on sectors and countries...

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PepperHamilton: Best Practice with Notices for Force Majeure Events

As the wave of reopening orders sweeps across the country, businesses see a light at the end of the tunnel. That light, however, in many instances is still yellow, and may be so for some time to come. Serious restrictions continue to hamper the habitual functioning of America’s businesses, customers have dwindling cash to pay for goods, supplies are restricted or cut, and social distancing practices and protocols reduce productivity. Companies, therefore, continue to take a closer look at...

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COVID-19: Council adopts exceptional rules to facilitate bank lending in the EU

The EU is temporarily adapting banking rules in order to maximise the capacity of banks to lend money and support households and businesses to recover from the COVID-19 crisis. The banking package adopted today provides targeted and exceptional legislative changes to the capital requirements regulation (CRR 2). These changes will allow credit institutions to fully play their role in managing the economic shock that stems from the COVID-19 pandemic by fostering credit flows. Thanks to the reforms conducted after the 2008 financial crisis,...

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Taxation: Council agrees on the postponement of certain tax rules

To address the severe disruptions created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the EU will allow more time to comply with rules on cross-border information reporting and exchanges and VAT for e-commerce. Directive on administrative cooperation in the area of taxation (DAC) The Council adopted an amendment to the DAC allowing member states an option to defer by up to 6 months the time limits for the filing and exchange of the following information: automatic exchanges of information on financial accounts of which the beneficiaries are tax...

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CMS: Coronavirus Crisis and Employment Law in Germany – Useful Information

The coronavirus crisis is presenting companies with extreme challenges. A multitude of new topics and issues need to be addressed. For many sectors, the question also arises as to how to deal with (temporarily) underutilised staff. Other sectors, by contrast, are complaining about capacity shortages and need to increase staff numbers. In the following we provide you with a set of building blocks that may help you to find your way out of the crisis. In addition to answers to...

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ThompsonHine: Country-by-Country Guide: Government Measures Taken in Response to COVID-19

Last Update on June 17 | In collaboration with Thompson Hine's foreign law firm partners, they continue to update their chart of COVID-19 measures taken by governments around the world. The government measures in the chart include economic, labor and employment, health and safety, and export and import measures. Below is a list of the updated countries and a summary of the changes they are seeing. View/Download the Country Guide: Government Measures in Response to COVID-19 Today’s update includes new information as...

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