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Germany: Requirement to Offer Remote Work Option Enters into Force

(Feb. 2, 2021) On January 27, 2021, the Occupational Safety Ordinance (Home Office Ordinance) entered into force in Germany. The Home Office Ordinance requires employers to offer eligible employees the option to work remotely to minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19 at work and to ensure the safety and health of all employees. Employees are […]

Saint Lucia: Restrictions on Use of Tobacco Products in Public Places Adopted

(Jan. 29, 2021) On June 2, 2020, Saint Lucia Minister of Health Mary Isaac issued the Public Health (Smoking Control) Regulations, 2020. The regulations were issued on the basis of the minister’s authority in accordance with section 9 of the Public Health Act, Cap. 11.01, as amended by the Public Health (Amendment) Act, 2019. According […]

Israel: Privacy Protection Requirements for Conducting COVID-19 Epidemiological Investigations Issued

(Dec. 10, 2020) On November 25, 2020, Israel’s Privacy Protection Authority (PPA) issued clarifications regarding the protection of privacy during epidemiological investigations and the protection of personal data retrieved during COVID-19 contact tracing. The clarifications were contained in a document entitled Emphasizing Privacy Protection in Epidemiological Investigations Aimed at Cutting the Coronavirus Chain of Infection […]

Jordan: New Executive Regulations on Preventive Measures to Combat COVID-19 Issued

(Nov. 12, 2020) On October 10, 2020, the Kingdom of Jordan entered a nationwide 48-hour lockdown for the first time in months due to a new spike in COVID-19 cases. In response to the new spike in cases, three Jordanian executive bodies—the Ministry of Interior (homeland security), the Ministry of Health, and the Office of […]

UAE: Dubai Introduces New Rules for Food Establishments to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

(Oct. 9, 2020) On September 24, 2020, the Municipality of Dubai, one of the nine emirates of the United Arab Emirates, issued Circular No. 45 of 2020 regulating the operation of food establishments, including restaurants, food courts, and cafes. The purpose of the new regulation, The National reported, is to combat the spread of COVID-19 while supporting […]

International Labor Organization: Child Labor Convention Ratified by All ILO Member States, a First in ILO History

(Oct. 1, 2020) On August 4, 2020, the International Labor Organization (ILO) announced that Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour had been ratified by all countries that are parties to the ILO, marking the first time in the organization’s history that all member states have ratified a labor convention. Convention No. […]

United Nations: Agencies Urge Members Countries to Allow Crew Changes by Seafarers Stuck on Ships during Pandemic

(Sept. 30, 2020) On September 11, 2020, a number of United Nations (UN) agencies issued a joint statement asking all UN member countries to take urgent measures in order to allow crew changes of seafarers’ crews aboard shipping and fishing vessels notwithstanding the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement explains that such changes are long overdue, as […]

Italy: New Law Addresses Violence against Health and Socio-Health Professionals

(Sept. 25, 2020) Italy recently enacted a law to address violence against health and “socio-health” professionals in the performance of their duties. Law No. 113 of August 14, 2020, which took effect on September 24, 2020, applies to those health professionals regulated under Law No. 3 of January 11, 2018, including doctors-surgeons (medici-chirurghi), dentists, veterinarians, […]