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Global: Webinar: Restructuring Food-System Supply Chains in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented global crisis, including notable disruptions of international trade and supply chains, which have presented new challenges and...

Ukraine: COVID-19 – Amended procedure of renewal and extension of procedural terms due to...

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On 17 July 2020 the amendments to the procedural codes, affecting the procedure of renewal and extension of the procedural terms, became effective, touching, in particular, those terms, which were automatically suspended for the time of quarantine in March this year.

Indonesia: COVID-19 – The Government Sets the Maximum Tariff of Rapid Antibody Tests

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One of the preliminary methods to check if a person has been infected with COVID-19 is a rapid antibody test. In addition, under COVID-19 Task Force Circular Letter No. 7 of 2020 currently, a rapid antibody or PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test result is a requirement for anyone taking public transportation for domestic (interprovincial or intercity) and international travel in Indonesia. Although the accuracy of rapid antibody tests is questionable, the rapid antibody test is the easiest and quickest way to identify COVID-19 exposure.Because it is easy to use, there has been high demand for rapid antibody tests. To ensure a reasonable price, on 6 July, the Directorate General of Healthcare Services ("DGHS") (i.e., a division under the Ministry of Health ("MOH") issued Circular Letter No. HK.02.02/I/2875/2020 on the maximum tariff of Rapid Antibody Tests ("DGHS Circular Letter 02").DGHS Circular Letter 02 is an implementing rule of MOH Decision No. HK.01.07/MENKES/247/2020 on Guidelines on Prevention and Control of Corona Virus Diseases (COVID-19).

Italy: COVID-19 – Review of the Italian Tax Police’s operations during the state of...

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Throughout the COVID-19 emergency, to ensure compliance with the pandemic containment measures and consumer protection, the Italian Tax Police carried out several checks to combat both the illegal marketing of personal protective equipment, and other useful goods for dealing with the epidemiological emergency, and misleading and speculative conduct.

Italy: COVID-19 – European Commission, EMA and FDA agree on new priorities to strengthen...

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On 18-19 June 2020, senior officials from the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the European Commission and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a meeting to review their ongoing joint initiatives, discuss strategic priorities for the coming years and identify areas where their collaboration could be strengthened.

Italy: Extraordinary measures to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on tax litigation activities —...

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In brief The second package of tax measures for supporting the Italian economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak has finally been approved. Indeed,...

United States: COVID-19 – What do employers need to consider when reopening? (video chat...

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In brief Welcome to Baker McKenzie's Labor and Employment video chat series! In these quick and bite-sized video chats, our employment partners team up with...

Asia Pacific Survey on Fake News and Intermediary Liability

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The ongoing global outbreak of COVID-19 has thrown fake news into the spotlight, with governments worldwide racing against time to contain not only the...

Australia: COVID-19 – Lessons from a pandemic

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There is no denying we were all caught off-guard by the speed and force with which COVID-19 struck every aspect of Australian life. As some parts of the country slowly begin to emerge from COVID-19 restrictions (albeit uncertainly), our attention inevitably turns to the question: "what can we learn for next time?"Many sentimental answers are sure to be proffered by feel-good television specials over the coming months. While we won't claim to be experts in "feel-good", here in the employment team at Baker McKenzie, what we have become well-versed in is the range of practical challenges that COVID-19 has posed to our clients as they have attempted to manage their workforce through this time of change.With that in mind, we have set out below our tips to help ensure your organisation is best prepared for whatever the next COVID-19 may be.

Italy: Extraordinary tax measures to face COVID-19 outbreak – follow-up

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The second package of tax measures for supporting the Italian economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak has finally been approved. Indeed, Law Decree No. 34 dated 19 May 2020 ("Rilancio Decree") was converted into Law No. 77 on 17 July 2020, with a few amendments with respect to the prior version (which are highlighted in bold).Beneficial tax measures helping individual and companies to face the COVID-19 outbreak will be commented upon therein, while tax incentives and measures affecting tax litigation activities will be explored in separate follow-up alerts.The Rilancio Decree came into effect on 19 May 2020, while the amendments made at the time of the conversion into law highlighted in bold took effect from 19 July 2020.
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