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Legal News - May


Welcome to the May 2020 issue of Legal News. 

We aim to keep you up to date on legal developments that may affect you or your business. Here are some of our recently published website articles and insights you may have missed.  

In recognition of the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have also highlighted some of the guidance articles published this month (scroll to Business Insights below), the full complement of which can be found in our COVID-19 Hub.

For more information on any of the topics covered in this edition, please call or email the key contacts in the article, or your usual William Fry contact.

COVID-19 Business Insights:

  • Employer FAQ’s – Pay Entitlements During COVID-19
    We consider what employees are entitled to be paid in various scenarios arising from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • COVID-19: Remote Swearing of Affidavits – Changes Ahead?
    This article looks at whether remote swearing is permitted in Ireland in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and what can be done to address the issue of swearing affidavits while adhering to the Government’s social distancing guidelines. 
  • COVID-19: The Doctrine of Frustration
    We consider whether the doctrine of frustration may provide a resolution where the performance of a contract is affected due to effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. 
  • How to Handle COVID-19 in the Workplace – Practical Guidance for Employers Update
    Employers owe a statutory duty of care to all staff when it comes to employee health and safety at work – whether in respect of “essential” workers who continue to attend the workplace or employees working remotely at home in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. So, what steps should employers be taking? 
  • COVID-19: Data Protection Issues When Video Conferencing
    In this article, William Fry specialists identify key data protection issues apparent during the recent global increase in video conferencing following the outbreak of COVID-19.  We highlight steps that ought to be considered by both individuals and businesses to facilitate using video conferencing platforms.