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International: Covid-19 – A Global Review of Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry Issues (Updated)

The increase in legal and regulatory measures arising out of COVID-19 is truly proportional to the growth of the pandemic itself. Although the measures affect all industries, many of these have direct implications and relevance on the healthcare and life sciences sectors. While some industries and services are forced to shut down, companies in the healthcare and life sciences ambit are pushed to work even harder, innovate faster, collaborate and be resilient at an unprecedented pace.Such measures aim to assure supplies of medicines and medical devices at home as well as to accelerate R&D through incentives. While the pandemic has put some clinical trials in jeopardy, many jurisdictions are now passing special regulations to protect patients while ensuring that ongoing trials can continue. Industry peers are "sharing" IP, be it through compulsory licensing or forced collaborative manufacturing arrangements. Many countries have adopted specific measures to broaden access to telemedicine, a trend expected to survive and grow well beyond the pandemic.

Mexico: Changes in the Workplace now that Covid-19 vaccines are available

As vaccines become more readily available in Mexico through the National Vaccination Policy, employers have lots of questions about how this changes the return to the workplace. In this video, our Labor and Employment lawyers discuss the vaccine policies and procedures being adopted by Mexican employers, as well as the legal and practical considerations to address.

Italy: Covid-19 Emergency Update: New Protocols on safety measures in the workplace and the...

The Italian government and the National Trade Unions signed on 6 April 2021 the new Protocol on Health and Safety measures in the workplace (document in Italian here), with the aim of containing the spread of the COVID-19 virus and which updates the previous protocol signed on 14 March 2020 and updated on 24 April 2020 (see our newsletter on the protocol of 14 March here and the one on the protocol of 24 April here).

Global Indirect Tax Newsletter: First Quarter Issue, 2021

READ PUBLICATIONWelcome to our latest issue of the Global Indirect Tax Newsletter. We thank you for your continued appreciation and readership, and we hope...

United States: The Employer Rapport – Quick chats for the US workplace (Webinar)

In brief Welcome to Baker McKenzie's new Labor and Employment video chat series for US employers. Our lawyers will provide quick, practical tips on today's...

Philippines: Philippine Economic Zone Authority issues guidelines on alternative work arrangements during enhanced community...

Following the declaration by the Philippine government that the Greater Manila area or "NCR Plus" (comprising Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna) will be placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from 29 March 2021 until 4 April 2021 (unless further extended), the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) on 27 March 2021 issued PEZA Memorandum Circular No. 2021-024 ("Circular"), allowing ecozone IT enterprises to implement courses of action to ensure continuity of operations and non-interruption of services during the ECQ period.

Philippines: The Department of Labor and Employment issues guidelines on ventilation for workplaces to...

On 03 March 2021, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) issued Department Order No. 224, Series of 2021, or the Guidelines on Ventilation for Workplaces and Public Transport to Prevent and Control the Spread of COVID-19 ("Guidelines").As part of the government’s continuing efforts and in cognizance of the poorly ventilated spaces in many workplaces, the Guidelines emphasize the immediate necessity to strictly enforce proper and adequate ventilation inside the workplace as a preventive measure against the further spread of COVID-19.

Philippines: The Department of Labor and Employment issues guidelines on the administration of COVID-19...

Considering the obligation of employers to ensure a safe working environment by taking on reasonable precautions to protect the health and safety of their employees, and in light of the present ambiguity of our labor laws in relation to vaccination policies for employees, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) issued Advisory No. 03, Series of 2021, or the Guidelines on the Administration of COVID-19 Vaccines in the Workplaces" ("Guidelines") on 12 March 2021.As COVID-19 vaccines become available, the Guidelines specifically deal with the applicable rules governing any vaccination policy, which may be implemented by employers and covered establishments in the workplace.

Italy: A new Decree with measures aimed at supporting companies and employees during the...

On 23 March 2021, a new Decree no. 41/2021 named Sostegni (you can read the Italian version of the decree here), came into force, providing for new measures to support business activities impacted by the COVID-19 emergency.

France: Vaccination against COVID-19 in the workplace now possible

The COVID-19 vaccination strategy now includes a scheme for vaccinations in the workplace, offered to employees on a free and strictly voluntary basis, to be administered by occupational health professionals.
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