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Austria: The COVID-19 vaccination as an opportunity

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Mandatory vaccination is not to be expected. Nevertheless, employers and employees can greatly benefit from COVID-19 vaccinations. This is true from a health, economic and legal perspective. Companies which recognize these benefits (early on) will have a significant competitive advantage.

Austria: COVID-19 – Employment Law news 2021

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In brief Due to amendments to the Maternity Protection Act and the COVID-19 Measures Act passed at the end of 2020, there will be new...

Ukraine: Ratification of the Protocol to the Tax Treaty with Austria

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In brief On 16 December 2020, Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine ratified the Protocol amending the 1997 Tax Treaty between Ukraine and Austria (“Protocol").Key takeaways Depending...

Europe: Post-COVID-19 Cross-border remote working: managing tax risks

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The pandemic has impacted our lives in many ways, but for many of us, one of the most affected areas has certainly been work.COVID-19...

Austria: Reclaim of short-time work subsidies by the Labour Market Service (“LMS”) based on...

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Currently, an increasing number of companies is confronted with considerable claims for re-payment of subsidies granted by the LMS for phase I of the Corona short-time work model. The approach of the LMS makes the impression that it intends to take advantage of self-caused legal uncertainties to the clear disadvantage of these companies. Thus, companies should refrain from making premature re-payments. 

Austria: Amendment of the Consumer Credit Act (VKrG) and the Consumer Mortgage Act (HIKrG)

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The Lexitor decision of the ECJ, dealing with the interpretation of the Directive on Consumer Credit Agreements (2008/48/EC), requires the Austrian legislator to amend the Consumer Credit Act (VKrG) and the Consumer Mortgage Act (HIKrG).

International: BCRs as a robust alternative to Privacy Shield and SCCs

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This is the fifth in a series of guidance notes on what the 'Schrems II' decision means for companies that rely on EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, controller-to-processor standard contractual clauses, SCCs for transfers to controllers, derogations/exceptions to transfer restrictions, and binding corporate rules, as well as what 'Schrems II' means for Brexit and what companies can expect with the road ahead on these issues.

International: COVID-19 Global guide on public contracting

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In light of the global pandemic, governments across the globe are faced with urgent needs whose immediate coverage is a matter of life and death. Hence, these unusual and uncertain times call for rare and exceptional measures, and without much ado, governments around the globe have provided them. Common to all approaches is the will to enable public contractors to procure the urgently needed supplies to save lives and contain the pandemic without major bureaucratic hurdles.

Austria: Redundancies in Times of COVID-19

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In the past months, also Austrian companies faced major challenges. Declines in business have made short-time work (Kurzarbeit) and the conversion of staff deployment...

A Strengthening Partnership – European Union’s New Africa Strategy Amidst COVID-19 Uncertainty

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In early March 2020, after COVID-19 had already begun its journey of destruction around the world, the European Commission (Commission) published its Comprehensive Strategy...
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