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COVID-19 – BE SAFE! WE CARE

Eager to help limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus among us, in addition to the unique measures announced by the French Government, Stehlin & Associés Avocats law firm has adopted all measures allowing its partners and associates to remain fully operational while working from their home offices, in complete conformity with our confidentiality requirements.

Our activity is entirely maintained while remote, in conditions similar to normal. Our technological and IT tools allow us to support you remotely. To this end, all our lawyers remain fully accessible by email or telephone. We can join you at any time by conference-call or video-conference, in fully secure conditions.

We shall do our best to bring you satisfaction in this difficult times, as well as keep you informed in respect to your files and the legal and economic aspects arising from the exceptional mesures adopted by the Government.

We send you and your loved ones our best thoughts and consideration.

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COVID-19 – HEALTH CRISIS – HIGHLIGHTS, RECOMMENDATIONS AND EMPLOYER COSTS

The health crisis linked to Covid-19 exposes companies to economic difficulties that could have significant social consequences. In this context, the government’s aim is to preserve jobs while reducing the costs incurred by companies.

In this emergency context, the government is currently working on the drafting of two texts that are fundamental to the survival of businesses: the draft decree on the introduction of partial activity (1) and the emergency bill allowing, in particular, more flexible management of paid holidays and reductions in working time (2).

This unprecedented measure was unthinkable only two days ago (see Q&A n°21 on the Covid-19 Coronavirus – updated on 17 March 2020). Will it be taken into consideration to assess the civic responsibility of the company that applies for short-time working? In any case, it is a way for the company to join the “war effort”.

So far, the clearance of paid leave and reduction of working time is not a compulsory prerequisite for recourse to short-time working, but could well help the administration to obtain a favourable opinion by asking companies to adopt a “civic responsibility” in the context of recourse to short-time working.

Partner Anna-Christina Chaves, head of employment within Stehlin & Associés invites you to discover the highlights, recommendations and key issues in respect to employer costs :

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COVID-19 – UPDATE – HEALTH EMERGENCY LAW – 22 MARCH 2020

The current crisis is so rapid that the short-time working system, although considerably extended and consolidated, will not be sufficient on its own to enable companies in the most affected sectors to cope with the crisis. This is why the Health Emergency Law has just been voted (Sunday, March 22, 2020). It empowers the government to modify, by means of ordinances, many rules of labour law. The law, which should be published in the Official Gazette very soon, should be quickly followed by the first ordinances and the decree “partial activity”, still pending.

This unprecedented measure was unthinkable only two days ago (see Q&A n°21 on the Covid-19 Coronavirus – updated on 17 March 2020). Will it be taken into consideration to assess the civic responsibility of the company that applies for short-time working? In any case, it is a way for the company to join the “war effort”.

Partner Anna-Christina Chaves, head of employment within Stehlin & Associés, and her team, invite you to acknowledge the latest updates since the implementation of the Emergency Law dated 22 March 2020.

COVID-19_Highlights, recommendations and employer costs_Stehlin & Associés – 24 03 2020

COVID-19 – THE IMPACT OF THE HEALTH CRISIS ON LEGAL AND PROCEDURAL DEADLINES

The health crisis we are going through has a significant and inevitable impact on legal deadlines, the non-observance of which can be sanctioned by various mechanisms (nullity, foreclosures, statute of limitation…), as well as procedural deadlines, whether they relate to ongoing proceedings or to the introduction of new proceedings.

In order to adapt to the health challenges and containment measures while preserving everyone’s rights and the continuation of the essential activity of jurisdictions, many emercency measures have recently been taken, the most important of which is the emergency law n°2020-290 of March 23rd, 2020 and the related ordinances.

In conjunction with these measures, the courts have issued various announcements relating to their own organisation.

Diane Dumas, partner in charge of the Litigation and Arbitration Department, and Guillaume Goetz-Charlier, invite you to find hereafter our latest newsletter in respect to the impact of the health crisis on legal and procedural deadlines.

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COVID-19 – APPROVAL OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – ORDINANCE NO. 2020-318 OF 25 MARCH 2020

Of the 25 ordinances issued by the government in the context of the Covid-19 outbreak on 25 March 2020, two specifically concerned corporate law.

The first introduced flexibility concerning the holding of general meetings and other corporate bodies of legal persons or other entities (see our previous publication on the subject). The idea here was to avoid a blockage in the functioning of companies during containment.

A second ordinance – No. 2020-318 of 25 March 2020 – aims this time to adapt the rules on the preparation, closing, audit, review, approval and publication of the financial statements of these same legal persons or entities, by extending the applicable deadlines. It enables companies to alleviate difficulties in preparing financial statements and/or auditing during the period of the health emergency.

The scope of application is very broad and concerns any private law entity, with or without legal personality (civil and commercial companies, EIGs, cooperatives, mutuals, associations, foundations, sociétés en participation, etc.).

Marc Stehlin, Cyrille Boillot, Armelle Maître and Svetlana Tokoucheva, partners in charge of the corporate / M&A department within Stehlin & Associés, invite you to acknowledge their latest newsletter in this respect.

COVID-19 – PARTIAL ACTIVITY FRAUD AND SANCTIONS – ANNA-CHRISTINA CHAVES ON BFM BUSINESS

Anna-Christina Chaves, head of employment within Stehlin & Associés, joined Raphaël Grably on BFM Business, in order to bring answers with respect to the partial activity fraud and the encountered sanctions for company management in the context of the COVID-19 health crisis.

Find here the entire BFM Business Avec Vous show broadcast last 8 of April 2020.