During Ward and Smith’s recent virtual “Construction Conference,” six of my partners and I covered a range of emerging legal issues — most related to the pandemic — that are important for construction companies.
In a rapid-fire legal update format, we covered how:
- COVID-19, and the government’s response to it, is changing employment law and contracting
- Firms should plan for Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness
Employer’s Pandemic Response
Ken Gray, who leads the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice, noted that the pandemic has disrupted every aspect of our lives — including the workplace.
“COVID-19 has turned our world upside down like no other event that we’ve ever experienced,” he said.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a federal law passed in March, applies to employers with fewer than 500 employees. The law requires employers to give employees up to two weeks of extra paid sick leave
KUALA LUMPUR: The government is prepared to consider enacting a Freedom of Information Act in order to give better protection but also strike a balance between private and public interest, Parliament was told.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the government from time to time will review existing legislation, including the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1972, to ensure all parties will be protected.
“It is important because when we enact a certain law, surely there is an intention of legislation.
“I also have to admit that the interest of the public is important.
“We have to find a balance between public and private interest within the country and community.
“Based on that reason, the government has no problems especially when there is feedback by civil society on improving current laws, including the aspect of whistleblowing, ” he said in reply to a supplementary question from R.
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