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CELIA Alliance Newsletter, August 2019

CELIA is an alliance of international law and professional services firms offering a broad array of expertise dedicated to helping international organisations make the most of their people. With established relationships around the globe Alliance members can assist wherever your people are situated.

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Welcome to the August issue of the CELIA Alliance newsletter.

The CELIA newsletter offers insightful and practical updates to readers with an international perspective. It highlights key law, tax, and immigration developments across the Alliance network, brought to you by the expertise of our members.


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France - Pensions

France improves its attractiveness for inbound expatriates

Employees hired in France or posted to France from abroad may be exempt from contributing to French pension schemes due to France’s effort to transform economic growth and aid businesses.

Czech Republic

Czech Rebublic - Employment/Labor Law

Dismissal protection during sickness period

A new law on electronic medical certificates could prevent employees wrongly claiming dismissal protections by obtaining doctor’s certificates after an alleged ‘sick period’.


Germany - Miscellaneous

New legal provisions to apply for A1 certificate

An A1 certificate for a posted employee can only be applied for electronically in Germany. An A1 form determines which social security legislation applies to the holder of the certificate.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom - Immigration

What is replacing the UK’s Tier 1 Entrepreneur visas? Part One: Start-up Visas

As of March 2019, International applicants wanting to start or get involved in businesses in the UK must now use the new Start-up and Innovator categories as Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas have been consigned to history.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom - Immigration

What is replacing the UK’s Tier 1 Entrepreneur visas? Part Two: Innovator Visas

International applicants wanting to start businesses in the UK must use the new Start-up or Innovator visa categories since the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa has been consigned to history.


Poland - Tax / Social Security

Tax relief on employees under the age of 26 as of 1 August 2019

As of the 1st August 2019, employees (Polish citizens and foreign nationals) under the age of 26 are no longer obliged to pay income tax, a decrease from a rate of 18% in France.


Poland - Employment / Labor Law

Upcoming amendments to Polish Labour Code

Important amendments to the Polish Labour Code are being made on 7th September 2019 that will affect both employers and employees.


Poland - Employment / Labor Law

Random breathalyser tests on employees prohibited

On 27th June 2019, the Polish Personal Data Protection Office announced that employers were prohibited to perform random breathalyser tests on their employees.


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UK CELIA member, Abbiss Cadres, listed in The Times Best Law Firms 2019

UK CELIA Alliance co-founding member Abbiss Cadres has been identified by The Times as one of the top 200 law firms in England and Wales. The Times notes that Abbiss Cadres is the only multidisciplinary practice of its type in the UK, covering all aspects of the employment relationship, from selection and hiring to workplace policy and performance, designing incentives and ownership structures, providing pensions law advice, global talent mobility, and restructuring and collective consultation.


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CELIA Alliance members who have contributed to this newsletter are:
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PRK Partners
SKS Legal
Keller Menz

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