Dear Retail colleagues,
L&E Global is pleased to present its Retail Sector Group Newsletter. Our sector group provides industry best practices and practical solutions to employers in the retail sector, both internationally and locally. We counsel a range of retail businesses operating in a number of industries, including consumer goods and health, electronics, food & beverage, luxury fashion, cosmetics and e-commerce and advise our clients on a full range of labour and employment issues. In this newsletter, we are pleased to share the latest articles from our Retail Sector Group members practicing in Belgium, Canada, Mexico and the Netherlands.
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LATEST RETAIL SECTOR GROUPS ARTICLES
BELGIUM: Choosing the Wrong Holiday Destination: Consequences for the Employment Relationship
Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, employees still have the right to take their annual holidays. However, the corona crisis makes the execution of this right more difficult than in previous years. This article looks at the issue regarding the location of the holiday destination, if the employee intends to go on vacation in another country. Belgium only allows trips to several European countries. In general, non-essential trips to non-EU countries (with the exception of Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and the UK) are prohibited. » Read More
For more information on these articles or any other issues involving labour and employment matters in Belgium, please contact Chris Van Olmen (Partner) of Van Olmen & Wynant at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.vow.be.
CANADA: Five Things to Consider Before Opening a Retail Location in Canada
Opening a retail location in a new jurisdiction requires a great deal of planning. Retail human resources professionals must consider the relevant workplace legislation, local best practices and workplace norms.
We discuss five important issues that retailers commencing operations in Canada need to know: Workplace laws vary between provinces; “Employment at-will” does not exist in Canada; Certain Policies are a legal requirement, not just a best practice; Employers are statutorily required to provide training to staff; and, Retail managers will often be entitled to overtime pay. » Read More
For more information or any other issues involving labour and employment matters in Canada, please contact Robert Bayne at email@example.com or Emily La Mantia at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti at www.filion.on.ca.
MEXICO: The Importance of E-Commerce Training
The current scenario has changed and retail companies are experiencing constant changes thanks to phenomena such as process automation, the impact of digitization and constant changes of employees. The role of technology and the values of new generations have transformed customer habits. E-commerce has grown in recent years and simultaneously investment in digital marketing and video consumption are at its historic peaks. » Read More
For more information on these articles or any other issues involving labour and employment matters in Mexico, please contact Oscar De La Vega (Partner) of De La Vega & Martinez Rojas at ODelaVega@dlvmr.com.mx or visit www.dlvmr.com.mx.
THE NETHERLANDS: Second Temporary Emergency Measure Bridging to preserve Employment announced: NOW 2.0
An employer with a turnover loss of at least 20% can request compensation for wage costs for the period June, July, August and September 2020. With NOW 2.0, the employer can start the period for which the turnover decrease is determined on June 1, July 1 or August 1, 2020. If the employer has also used the NOW 1.0, the chosen turnover period for the NOW 2.0 must correspond to the chosen period of the NOW 1.0. If the employer belongs to a group, the drop in turnover of the entire group serves as the basis for the subsidy. An example is a parent company with several subsidiaries. The turnover determination must then be determined jointly. This does not apply if the application is made at operating company level, provided that (among other things) the group’s drop in turnover is less than 20% in the chosen turnover period. » Read More
For more information on these articles or any other issues involving labour and employment matters in the Netherlands, please contact Christiaan Oberman (Partner) of Palthe Oberman at email@example.com or visit www.paltheoberman.nl.
L&E Global launches:
COVID-19: BACK TO WORK – Special Report
COVID-19 has confronted the world with challenges to public health and the economy, in a way few of us have ever experienced or even contemplated. When we published this guide in July 2020, we came to realise that the disruptions caused by COVID-19 were not confined to a single moment in time, but rather they remain an ongoing phenomenon, which will affect all of our lives well into 2021 and beyond. The workplace is in many ways, the epicenter of our battle to contain and defeat COVID-19, as we continually identify the most effective and current measures to protect employees, while also striving to maintain the enterprises which provide our livelihoods and generate the revenue to support the needs of our societies.
In this COVID-19: BACK TO WORK – Special Report, we compile the best information and guidance available from 28 major markets concerning the most important workplace law issues that you will encounter, as you reopen your business and seek to improve the safety of your operations: national emergency mandates and special programmes aiding affected businesses, health and safety measures, teleworking, managing COVID 19-related employee issues and cost reduction strategies. Perhaps most importantly, we identify local sources for you to consult in order to remain up-to-date, and set out best practices learned from the already robust experience many others have had in dealing with this crisis.
Visit and bookmark the new COVID-19: BACK TO WORK – Special Report in your browser. It is our privilege to provide this resource to you, and we hope you will refer to it often as you advise your employees, staff, colleagues, business partners, customers and clients. Please contact L&E Global or any of our member firms with any questions you may have.
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