AGS has developed a detailed  COVID-19 Resource Center to help clients and businesses keep abreast of evolving developments related to workforce and workplace policies. Meanwhile, here are a few examples of the longer-term compliance issues that companies should monitor as they move forward.

  • US: Sick Pay Due for COVID-19 Absences
    Private companies with over 500 employees throughout the United States must now pay supplemental paid sick leave to any person employed in California for COVID-19-related absences. California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1867 into law on September 9, 2020.

  • Canada: Emergency Wage Subsidy Extended
    The Canadian government has extended its Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program to next summer. Specifics about the extension have not yet been published, but the government says it will “work with businesses and labour to ensure the program meets the needs of the health and economic situation as it evolves." Read more details here.

  • Spain: Furlough Scheme Extended to January
    The Spanish government has announced an extension of its “expediente de regulación temporal de empleo” (ERTE) furlough scheme, designed to help vulnerable workers during the pandemic. Spain has seen a resurgence of cases and localized lockdown restrictions recently. The government hopes that keeping the furlough scheme going through the winter months will prepare the country for a recovery next year.

  • Singapore: Jobs Support Program Extended through Early 2021
    Facing a prolonged COVID-19 impact on its workforce, the government extended its Jobs Support Program to help employers cover the salaries of their workers in hard-hit industries through March 2021. Industries range from the hardest hit sectors, such as aerospace, aviation, and tourism, where up to 50 percent of wages will be covered, to arts and entertainment (30 percent coverage), and other less impacted areas (10 percent coverage).

Takeaway: For the long-term, best practices around compliantly managing pay, sick leave, information security, and remote work will be a continuing priority as companies worldwide move beyond the disruption caused by COVID-19. AGS can provide insight and expertise to navigate the changing regulatory landscape.

North America

US: Worker Classification Laws Further Defined

US: Federal Regulators Tighten Rules on H1-B Visas

US: Joint Employer Ruling Struck Down for Now

Canada: New Ruling Reinforces Employer Responsibility in Terminations


UK: Migration Committee Advises Review of Shortage Occupations List

UK: IR35 Tax Update – Clarifies End-User Liability When Supply Chain Fails to Pay

Spain: Government Issues New Law on Remote Working


Australia: Underpayment of Workers Prompts Fines

India: New Law Protects the Informal Workforce

Singapore: Government Tightens Requirements for Foreign Workers

This update contains general information only, and AGS is not rendering legal advice. Before making any decision or taking any action that may affect your business, you should consult qualified legal counsel. AGS shall not be responsible for any loss whatsoever sustained by any person or company who relies on this update.