We are facing exceptionally difficult and sensitive times. Having declared a state of emergency for the territory of the Czech Republic, the government is taking measures with a profound impact on the economic situation, business and the ordinary life of citizens. In response, we have decided to inform you on a regular and comprehensive basis about the latest developments on the legal and tax implications of the coronavirus pandemic.
Do not hesitate to contact us should you need advice regarding the impacts of the coronavirus crisis on you and your business. We believe that HAVEL & PARTNERS, as the largest independent law firm in Central Europe, is perfectly equipped to tackle crisis situations. Among others things, we have created a specialised task force coordinating solutions of all legal, tax and economic issues arising from the situation caused by COVID-19, sharing best practice with our staff and addressing our clients’ needs immediately. For the weeks to come, we are offering our exceptional reduced hourly rate of EUR 100 / CZK 2,600. More information about the task force and our exceptional offer including our pro bono advisory can be found here.
Over the past few days, the professional life of most people has been turned upside down. Some companies have suspended their operations, others have decided to use work-from-home schemes, while some other companies need more staff. Dealing with all of these situations, our practice group specialised in labour and employment law prepared several articles reflecting individual government measures in the last weeks. Go here to find out about the options envisaged in the Labour Code as well as a summary of important recommendations for employers and employees.
Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of employers have adopted extensive measures, with one of the most frequent ones being working from home. We cover this topic in the latest issue of our newsletter. We offer nine important practical tips to employers on what to bear in mind in terms of personal data protection when employees start working from home.
Our law firm has been actively dealing with the mitigation of the adverse effects of the coronavirus crisis on legal relationships relating to real estate since its very onset. You can read about changes on the real estate market relating to contractual relationships between loan agreements under which purchases of commercial premises are financed, contracts for work in the real estate sector and also future agreements in our Real Estate Flash here. In this connection we are prepared to provide our clients with comprehensive legal assistance.
What are the implications of coronavirus on the agreed price? Can the pandemic be a reason justifying failure to meet contractual obligations? What are the conditions that allow for a change or termination of obligations? And what are the effects of the current situation, for example, on long-term contractual relationships, lease agreements, purchases, international transport, imports and exports of goods? These are all topics we are looking at in our newsletter on customer-supplier relationships, summarising answers to our clients’ most frequently asked questions.
If you are interested in crisis management in a state of emergency declared due to a general health threat, or the role the Central Crisis Staff, the cabinet and individual ministries play, read the newsletter prepared by our public sector experts. They provide a summary overview of the fundamental human and political rights that may be affected or restricted by the emergency measures adopted by the government.
In another of our Public Flashes, experts for the public sector in our office are summing up the content of the opinion of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic which regulates time limits in administrative proceedings during the state of emergency. Do you need to know the current deadlines for addressees of public administration, time limits for administrative bodies or for entries in the list of qualified suppliers? You will find your answers here.
Not only are we a law firm but also a tax consultancy engaged in flexibly reflecting the tax aspects of the current situation as well. Our tax advisory group has prepared a newsletter for you, summing up the most significant impacts of the adopted Liberation Tax Package. You will find out about the changes of time limits for submitting your tax return and the meaning of “home office” from the tax perspective and in the context of cost compensation.
What should we do to comply with the Public Procurement Act and, at the same time, to quickly buy hygiene products, personal protective equipment, medical and contactless devices as well as other related supplies and services? How to meet the requirements to have the bidders’ qualifications and ultimate business owner proven? Brief instructions for contracting authorities in particular can be found here.
Direct subsidies, selective tax advantages, refundable prepayments or state guarantees on loans. We sum up various support alternatives in EU Member States and the underlying terms in our Competition Flash. State aid is implied from the communication published by the European Commission in connection with the spread of COVID-19.
In this article on our blog, you will find out why the rules of competition law are so important in the times of pandemic. Our competition team provides a practical description of the current situation in the context of anti-competitive agreements, abuse of a dominant position, concentrations between undertakings and public aid during a crisis. The team further points out to the fact that some countries have already loosened up the competition rules in the affected sectors.
The coronavirus crisis is undoubtedly having very adverse impacts on business. Focusing on our clients who have already experienced their first economic losses, we have issued newsletters "COVID I" and "COVID II" presenting the fast aid options by means of interest-free operational financing for small and medium-sized enterprises. In our law firm, we have also created a specialised task force comprised of partners responsible for key practice areas that are relevant for debt financing and financial regulation.