As countries around the world work to tackle the spread of Covid-19, the threat of business interruption has become real, throwing arrangements into disarray, disrupting workforce, and upsetting the global economy.

At home, the government has begun issuing various countermeasures and relief for businesses and public alike. The following is a summary of legislation and government updates issued to navigate the Covid-19 outbreak. Our team continues to assess developments, which will be issued in the weeks to come.

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The global economy has taken a staggering hit following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Country after country has announced full lockdowns or issued a multitude of orders intended to limit the movement of people.

As the pandemic shows signs of being brought under control in some countries, governments have begun looking to the future, cautiously seeking to restart their economies without triggering another outbreak. With ten member firms throughout Southeast Asia, Rajah & Tann Asia is uniquely positioned to address queries that employers and businesses with cross-border dealings within this region of high economic interconnectivity and interdependency may have, particularly with regard to the anticipated reopening of businesses.

Our member firms hail from the jurisdictions of Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. This COVID-19 Publication brings together our lawyers from all member firms to answer the following questions:

  1. Is your jurisdiction under some form of movement control restrictions, whether full or partial ("Restrictions")? If so, what Restrictions are in place?
  2. Are businesses open and functioning during these Restrictions?
  3. If businesses are not allowed to open, how long is this situation expected to last?
  4. What conditions need to be in place to allow businesses to open and continue to function, and what are employers’ legal obligations in this situation?

What is the risk to employers who reopen their premises for business? What additional measures should employers take to manage their liabilities?.

Click here to access the guide





Jakarta Implements PSBB

11 April 2020

The DKI Jakarta Governor has issued Regulation No. 33 of 2020 and Decree No. 380 of 2020 on the Implementation of Massive Social Restriction (Pembatasan Sosial Berskala Besar or "PSBB") in DKI Jakarta.

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KPPU Resumes Activities Virtually

11 April 2020

The KPPU finally resumes activities this week, albeit virtually. This means that all statutory timelines have resumed and KPPU's monitoring and enforcement actions will be conducted via electronic means. Read more about KPPU's virtual implementation here.

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Seeking Clarity in the Government's Recent Tax Incentives

11 April 2020

In the past weeks, we have seen numerous tax incentives and facilities. The Directorate General of Taxes recently issued two FAQ documents that give more details of some of these incentives and facilities. While these FAQs are not binding, they can be a useful point of reference for taxpayers.

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