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Follow our COVID-19 Hub for legal and business updates relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our cross-sectoral team is available to support your business through this challenging time with expert advice, and practical and innovative solutions. 

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the film and television industries in Ireland. A number of film and television drama producers were forced to suspend production in March 2020, which in turn led to layoffs of many crew members and other personnel across various projects. While production continued in some sectors of […]

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The long awaited Irish COVID Tracker App was launched by the Health Service Executive in conjunction with the Irish Department of Health on the 6 July 2020. At the time of writing, it is reported that there have been one million downloads of the app since it went live. We published an article on 24 June […]

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Thankfully, Ireland is gradually emerging from quarantine. As of 29 June, the overwhelming majority of businesses in the state have returned to some approximation of normal work. Usefully, Screen Producers Ireland have prepared Guidance Notes for both film and TV drama and factual/entertainment programme–making. While various stakeholders, including government agencies, have already published a number […]

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We will shortly find out if the Fine Gael–Fianna Fáil–Green Party coalition is going into government together. Obviously this is a historic development in Irish politics and no doubt all citizens await developments with great interest. Of particular relevance for employers is what the programme has to say on the subject of employment law. There […]

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As we enter the later phases of re-opening our country, it is vital that employers continue to observe and follow public health advice. With the new rules and guidelines put in place, employers are faced with new and unprecedented challenges in how to reopen businesses safely and effectively. The purpose of this briefing note is […]

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Introduction Contact tracing apps are being developed globally in a bid to try and slow the spread of COVID-19 and re-open economies. We published an article on 22 April looking at contact tracing apps and the European Commission’s attempts to encourage a co-ordinated approach in the area of contact tracing. This article provides an update […]

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On 4 June 2020 the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) issued welcome guidance for directors of companies that ultimately become insolvent because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance is welcome and is in line with representations made by Philip Lee at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has affected almost every […]

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On Wednesday, June 17th, The British Irish Chamber of Commerce will host a panel discussion on Infrastructure and the Economy, How Infrastructural Investment can fuel the Recovery: A UK and Irish Perspective. This webinar will also explore the role of the private sector in financing public infrastructure following the COVID-19 outbreak. Construction Partner Angelyn Rowan will […]

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Businesses should always engage with their financial advisers and bank or financial institution in the first instance but should be aware that there are a range of other supports available to Irish businesses affected by COVID-19, including: 1. SBCI Credit Guarantee Scheme – The Government has repurposed the Credit Guarantee Scheme (CGS) to provide counter-guarantees […]

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The Government has published a Return to Work Safely Protocol – a series of measures that employers should take when reopening their premises. It is no exaggeration to say that the present COVID-19 pandemic presents unprecedented challenges for employers. At first glance, the rules may appear daunting – but with a little preparation, and a […]

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