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United Kingdom: Uber Drivers Are Workers Entitled to Employment Law Protections, Supreme Court Rules

(Mar. 17, 2021) The Supreme Court, the United Kingdom’s highest court, upheld on February 19, 2021, a ruling from the Court of Appeal that drivers who brought an employment law claim against Uber in 2016 were not independent contractors and were entitled to the protections afforded workers under U.K. employment law. The high court rejected […]

Sweden: Government Declares Risk of COVID-19 Transmission Grounds for Receiving Pregnancy Benefits

(Mar. 8, 2021) On March 4, 2021, the Swedish government (Regeringen) announced that women who are 20 to 36 weeks pregnant may be entitled to pregnancy benefits (graviditetspenning) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement comes in the wake of the announcement on February 26, 2021, by the Socialstyrelsen (National Board of Health and Welfare) that […]

Ecuador: Humanitarian Support Law Enacted to Address COVID-19 Economic Emergency

(Sept. 21, 2020) The Organic Law on Humanitarian Support, enacted on June 22, 2020, declares COVID-19 an economic emergency in Ecuador and seeks to mitigate the health, economic, and social crises it has caused. The Law includes a provision on the termination of employment relationships due to unforeseeable circumstances or a force majeure. Other key […]

Sweden: Government Temporarily Amends Sick Leave Rules During Coronavirus Outbreak

(Mar. 20, 2020) On March 11, 2020, the Swedish government announced that, in an effort to encourage Swedes with light symptoms of respiratory disease to stay home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, it was amending the annual state budget to allow for the temporary suspension of the first sick day deduction (karensavdrag). Later, […]

Germany: New Law Allows Health Apps by Prescription

(Jan. 30, 2020) On December 19, 2019, the Act to Improve Healthcare Through Digitization and Innovation (Digital Healthcare Act) (English summary) entered into force in Germany. The Digital Healthcare Act allows patients to receive health apps by prescription if certain conditions are met. The Act also makes it easier for patients to make virtual doctor visits […]

Czech Republic: Ministry of Health Proposes Public Health Insurance Companies Reimburse Patients for Medical Cannabis Costs

(Mar. 11, 2019) The Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic has proposed that 90% of patients’ monthly costs for up to 30 grams of medical cannabis be reimbursed by public health insurance companies. (Press Release, Ing. Gabriela Štěpanyová, Spokeswoman for Director of Public Relations Department, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Health Proposes Public Health […]

Uruguay: Congress Adopts New Law on Transgender Rights

(Oct. 31, 2018) On October 19, 2018, the Uruguayan Congress adopted the new Comprehensive Law for Transgender Persons, aimed at reversing discrimination and advancing the rights of this population, including the right to work, to housing, and to surgical interventions. (Uruguay Aprueba la Ley Integral para Personas Trans [Uruguay Approves Comprehensive Law for Transgender Persons], […]

Chile: Law Permits Abortion on Three Grounds

(May 25, 2018) In September 2017, the Chilean National Congress passed a new law permitting abortion in some circumstances. (Ley 21030 que Regula la Despenalización de la Interrupción Voluntaria del Embarazo en Tres Causales [Law 21030 Regulating the Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy on Three Grounds], DIARIO OFICIAL, Sept. 23, 2017, Library of the National Congress website.) […]