COVID-19 in Myanmar: Impact on Commercial Contracts and Employment

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The coronavirus outbreak is having a significant impact on the global economy and markets. As the coronavirus sweeps around the world, emerging and frontier countries like Myanmar face more challenges.

Since March 2020, the Myanmar government has introduced several immigration measures to reduce the transmission, including temporary suspension of issuing all types of visas and compulsory quarantine requirement for all travelers entering Myanmar. The Myanmar government also subsequently imposed a movement restriction requesting all residents to stay at home during the Thingyan festival (Myanmar New Year), in conjunction with the immigration measures.

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COVID-19 (임시 조치) 법 2020

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2020년 4월 7일 싱가포르 의회는 다음과 같은 두개의 중대한 COVID-19 관련 법률을 통과시켰습니다:

  • COVID-19임시 조치법 2020 (이하 “임시 조치법”): 이 임시 조치법은 COVID-19 사태로 인해 피해를 입은 당사자들에게 한시적인 구제 조치를 제공하고, 정부에게 통제 통제 명령을 내릴 수 있는 권리를 부여합니다.
  • COVID-19 (임시 조치)(통제 명령) 규정 2020 (이하 “통제 명령”): 상기 임시 조치법에 의해 공표된 통제 명령은 202047일 부터 202054 까지 그 규모와 및 장소를 불문하고 모든 “social” 모임을 금지 및 통제합니다.

이 기고문은 임시 조치법과 통제 명령에 대한 주요 내용을 제공하기 위해 작성되었습니다.

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신종 코로나 바이러스 (COVID-19): 현재까지의 법적 영향 및 향후 전망

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2020년 3월 11일 세계보건기구 (WHO)는 신종 코로나바이러스(이하 “COVID-19“)의 발병을 세계적인 유행병으로 선언했습니다. 2020년 4월 14일 기준으로 세계적으로 186만 4,360명이 COVID-19 감염 확진 판정을 받았으며 사망자는 11만 8,246명입니다. COVID-19는 전 세계적으로 큰 영향을 끼쳤습니다. 각국은 국경을 폐쇄하고 지역 봉쇄를 통해 국민들의 움직임에 제재를 가하기 시작했습니다.

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Dealing with Manpower Costs during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting preventative measures, including social distancing, business closures and the prohibition on construction in Singapore from 7 April 2020 to 4 May 2020, will severely affect Singapore’s citizens and economy.

The construction industry faces numerous challenges, particularly with  labour costs during this crisis.  This article addressess the Singapore government’s relief measures  for construction and supply companies, steps these companies can take themselves, as well as some frequently asked questions.

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Dealing with COVID-19 in the Construction Industry – An Update

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Note: This is an update to our 7 April 2020 Alert.

On 3 April 2020, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) released an advisory to inform contractors that to reduce the risk of further local transmission of COVID-19, all building work (except for essential works) are to cease from 7 April 2020 to 4 May 2020, known as the Circuit Breaker Period.

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COVID-19: The legislative framework for the security and use of electronic signatures in Singapore

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For most of us working from home and actively telecommuting to help stem the tide of local transmissions of COVID-19 during this crucial period, technological advancements in digital communication and remote access have been a boon.

It is thus timely to restate the guiding principles of “electronic signatures” and their use in electronic records and transactions that have become increasingly commonplace.

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COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020

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On 7 April 2020, the Parliament of Singapore passed two important pieces of COVID-19 legislation:

  1. the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020. The Act provides temporary relief to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and gives the government powers to make control orders; and
  2. the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020. The Control Order, issued pursuant to the Act, prohibits all social gatherings from 7 April 2020 to 4 May 2020.

This article summarizes the key features of the Act and the Control Order.

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COVID-19: Bond Buybacks and Liability Management in Asia

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its economic toll, many companies with outstanding bonds worry that they will not have enough cash on hand to repay their bonds on their stated maturity date, or that their bond covenants are, or may soon become, under pressure. These companies may benefit from amending their bonds to defer payment, achieve greater covenant flexibility or make other advantageous changes. For other companies, the decline in the bond markets presents an opportunity to repurchase their bonds at a significant discount.

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COVID-19 Updates for Singapore Employers: Safe Distancing, Cost Reduction and Government Support

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As of 5 April 2020, Singapore has reported more than 1,300 cases and six deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While Singapore is handling the COVID-19 pandemic better than most nations, the crisis continues to intensify at an increasing rate. As such, there is the continued need to be vigilant in enforcing social distancing and isolation measures.

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A Message from our Chairman

The COVID-19 pandemic has been rapidly evolving and the safety and health of our staff and clients are of utmost importance. In compliance with the Singapore government’s advisory and to further prevent the spread of the coronavirus, our split team arrangements will cease and our office will be fully closed from 7 April till 4 May 2020.

In the meantime, our lawyers will work from home and can be reached via email and telephone. Our robust IT and communication systems will ensure that you continue to receive the same level of responsiveness and service.

Our Firm stands ready to guide you through issues related to this crisis and we will continue to provide updates and resources to address your concerns.

Our multi-disciplinary COVID-19 team provides comprehensive and swift responses on specific legal issues arising from disruption of your commercial transactions as a result of the crisis. Our team is part of a global practice group which constantly monitors the situation worldwide and is available to advise across all industries and practice areas.

During these extraordinary and uncertain times, please do not hesitate to reach me, any of our Directors, or your usual contact at our Firm. We want you to know that we are here for you and our team is committed to support you during this challenging period.

Should you wish to contact our COVID-19 team directly, please reach us at: covid19team@duanemorrisselvam.com

More COVID-19 Resources can be found on our LinkedIn page .

Please stay healthy and safe.

Leon Yee
Chairman
Duane Morris & Selvam LLP