Positive Change in Response to Covid-19

13 April 2020

Positive Change in Response to Covid-19

Companies and businesses are facing unprecedented challenges in adapting to work amid the global Covid-19 pandemic. Remote work and communication has rapidly developed into the norm and forced businesses to consider their crisis response and modify their operations.

During this constant and challenging period of change, there are a number of things that all companies and businesses, no matter the industry, location or size, can do to support a positive response to the current global situation and safeguard their future.

  • Understanding your obligations at law

More now than ever before it is important that employers understand their legal obligations to their employees, including freelance contractors and frontline workers.

In the event that an employment contract does not address what happens to employees’ entitlements in the event of a suspension of operations or downturn in trade, it is important that you act swiftly to reach agreement between you and your employees to ensure that you are not in breach of your obligations under Lao labour law.

In the event that your company or business is continuing to operate, either remotely or onsite, it is important that you protect the health and safety of your employees. In Laos, the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and other relevant government authorities have issued, and continue to issue, guidelines that employers must follow in response to the Covid-19 pandemic or risk penalties.

MPA Lawyers can assist in ensuring you are meeting your employment law obligations and support you and your employees during this uncertain period.

  • Risk mitigation

Understanding contractual obligations, termination clauses and relief measures that may effect your company or business at this time will ensure that you can position your company or business to mitigate any risk or exposure that may arise and support a positive response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  

In the event that you need to enter into or terminate an existing contract, it is important to consider whether the contract contains a force majeure or pandemic clause and the scope and operation of such clause.

Companies that are making decisions abruptly in response to the developing situation, need to be aware of their obligations to shareholders and ensure that they are acting in accordance with their obligations at law to avoid any unforeseen consequences in the future. For example, if a company’s corporate documents only provide for votes to be made in person or do not provide for the Director’s powers in the event of an emergency situation, such as a pandemic, it is important that the necessary steps are taken to protect the company’s interests.

Our team is experienced at facilitating remote solutions and support to our clients within the Lao PDR and across the globe. Reach out to us today should you require assistance in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic and safeguarding your interests for the future at enquiries@mpalawyers.com



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