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  • Netherlands - April 2021
    Continuation of the fixed commuting allowance during COVID-19

    Employers may grant a tax-exempt fixed commuting allowance to their employees, dependent on i.a. commuting distance, travel frequency and EUR 0.19/km.

  • Germany - April 2021
    Keller Menz excels with presence in law firm rankings for their employment law practice in 2020

    In June 2020, Keller Menz was named one of four "preferred law firms" in Munich (Kanzleimonitor, p. 141). Thomas Keller was named as a recommended lawyer based on recommendations by companies and in-house lawyers.

  • Spain - April 2021
    International mobility of workers for companies

    In a market as globalised and competitive as the current, international labour mobility is an increasingly common option for companies. Many employers see the international mobility of their workers outside the national territory as an opportunity to grow and expand their business beyond their borders.

  • UK - April 2021
    EU Commission Data Protection Adequacy Decision – One Step Closer to Approval

    Another positive step towards data adequacy status was reached in February with the publication of the European Commission’s draft adequacy decision. Further progress was made towards UK data adequacy status with the publication of the European Data Protection Board’s (EDPB) Opinion on 13 April on the European Commission’s (EC) draft adequacy decision.

  • UK - April 2021
    International Remote Working – A Multidisciplinary Perspective

    We have seen a revolutionary and practically overnight shift from office-based work to international remote home working that became a necessity, as governments sought to control the spread of the virus.

  • UK - April 2021
    EU Commission Data Protection Adequacy Decision – One Step Closer to Approval

    Another positive step towards data adequacy status was reached in February with the publication of the European Commission’s draft adequacy decision. Further progress was made towards UK data adequacy status with the publication of the European Data Protection Board’s (EDPB) Opinion on 13 April on the European Commission’s (EC) draft adequacy decision.

  • Italy - April 2021
    It is now possible to obtain Italian citizenship in shorter time

    The Law Decree n. 130/2020, entered into force on October 22nd 2020, has reduced the time needed to define the procedures in order to obtain the Italian citizenship for reasons of marriage or residence.

  • Netherlands - April 2021
    Dutch large enterprises become eligible for the Fixed Cost Allowance pursuant to approval European Commission

    Employers may grant a tax-exempt fixed commuting allowance to their employees, dependent on i.a. commuting distance, travel frequency and EUR 0.19/km.

  • France - April 2021
    French Supreme Court Jurisprudence

    According to European Union law (Case A-Rosa Flussschiff GmbH, C-620/15, April 27 2017) the regular issuance of an A1 certificate is protection against the criminal offense of undeclared work.

  • Netherlands - April 2021
    Remote working in Belgium and Germany

    The Netherlands has concluded mutual agreements with Belgium and Germany on how to apply the double taxation agreements for cross-border employees under the COVID-19 measures.

  • UK - February 2021
    The Pension Schemes Act 2021 Receives Royal Assent

    The Act may well have an effect on corporate transactions given that the Act extends the powers of the Pensions Regulator to include the creation of new criminal offences which could catch employers on corporate transactions.

  • UK - February 2021
    The Post Brexit Immigration System

    The UK officially left the EU on 31 January 2020 the transition period maintaining free movement for EU citizens ran until 31 December 2020. As of now, the Post Brexit Immigration Rules apply to all migrants, including those arriving from the EU.

  • UK - February 2021
    International Remote Working

    There is no doubt that we are all living through an exceptional period of time, as a result of the pandemic. We have seen a revolutionary and practically overnight shift from office-based work to international remote home working that became a necessity, as governments sought to control the spread of the virus.

  • UK - February 2021
    Brexit Deal: What’s Changed?

    Now the transition period has finished, the Frontier Worker system offers EU Citizens who have already been travelling to the UK for work and who have not qualified under the Settled Status Scheme the only route, with a couple of limited exceptions, into the UK outside the Immigration Rules which apply to all migrants.

  • Netherlands - February 2021
    Pensions - lump sum payment allowed as from 2022

    Contrary to most European countries, accumulated pension capital cannot be paid to an employee in a lump sum under Dutch law. Accumulated pension capital must be paid in lifelong annuities from the retirement date.

  • Italy - February 2021
    Obtaining Italian Citizenship

    The Law Decree n. 130/2020, entered into force on October 22nd 2020, has reduced the time needed to define the procedures in order to obtain the Italian citizenship for the reasons of marriage or residence. These procedures, in fact, must now be concluded within 36 months from the date of submission of the application, instead of the 48-months previously provided for.

  • France - February 2021
    Consequences of lockdown measures due to COVID on taxable income for French tax residents

    The year 2020 is over but will continue to have many consequences in 2021. As far as French tax residents are concerned, the lockdown measures and movement restrictions imposed over the year by the various governments which prevented many employees from travelling for business purposes will definitely impact the level of their 2020 taxable income and the corresponding amount of final tax.

  • Czech Republic - February 2021
    Changes of taxation of employment income in the Czech Republic in 2021

    The new law changing materially the taxation of employment income was approved and took effect on 1 January 2021.

  • China - February 2021
    China’s First Civil Code, 1st January 2021

    China’s first ever Civil Code will come into effect on January 1st, 2021. This Civil Code is a codification of the existing civil and tort related laws, regulations and judicial interpretations issued by the Supreme People’s Court.

  • China - February 2021
    China New Accounting Standards 2021

    Chinese enterprises will be required to adopt several revised accounting standards starting from January 2021. These revised standards concern mainly the recognition of revenue (“new CAS 14”) and the treatment of the financial leases in the financial statements.