The national and global emergency situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge both for business owners and the wider business environment. The declared state of emergency also concerns the rights and obligations arising from the employment relationships. How to deal with a changing situation and what should businesses focus on in the first place?

Labor law What can employers do to minimize losses from coronavirus?
Estonia declared a state of emergency (defined in national law as “emergency situation”) on 12 March 2020 and this affects the rights and responsibilities
Remote work A five-year leap in two months: remote work as a new norm
Remote work due to the coronavirus in companies is becoming a new positive trend, which is difficult to reverse, but both companies and employees will benefit
Collecting debts during the crisis
Businesses in various sectors do not have a positive outlook for their turnover forecasts due to the corona crisis. As a result, they may have an extra
Business plan as the backbone of the company
There are different reasons for drawing up a business plan and the target groups can vary as well. Detailed business plans are compiled when starting a
The debtors are not obliged to submit bankruptcy petitions in the coming months
The amendment of Bankruptcy Act entered into force, where the commencement of the term of the obligation to submit bankruptcy petition shall be suspended for
How will the new situation affect accounting and auditing?
Auditors, accountants and other white-collar workers have recently been working mainly from home offices. We can expect that more and more audits and
Remote authentication – a possibility to carry out a notarial transaction from home
On February 1st 2020, remote authentication was introduced for notarial transactions, which is equivalent to ordinary notarial authentication, i.e.
How to account for the Unemployment Insurance Fund's temporary subsidy?
The Accounting Standards Board has ruled that subsidy paid by the Unemployment Insurance Fund should be recognised as government grant as treated in Accounting
Crisis management How to use a crisis situation to improve risk management?
In a crisis, companies need to be able to respond quickly to change and to meet the needs of their employees, customers and partners, while managing the
Crisis management Entrepreneur's plan B: re-establishing business through reorganization
Reorganization is being used to help a company that has temporarily become insolvent, for example due to the current pandemic and crisis. It is important to
Tax payments in emergency situation (as of 24.04.2020)
The government has approved a package of measures to mitigate the initial stage of the crisis caused by COVID-19. The measures also include paying taxes, e.g.
How to organize a general meeting of shareholders regarding to COVID-19?
Only a few companies have included an option of a virtual shareholders’ general meeting – e.g. using an instant messaging service or electronic voting
Labor law There are opportunities for labour cost savings
The government aid measures to alleviate the corona crisis have become rather confusing for entrepreneurs. According to Äripäev's radio program "Kasvukursil",
Is the emergency situation a force majeure, which exempts from fulfilling contracts?
Estonia has been in a state of emergency for a month now, which has limited the work and regular routines of businesses and individuals alike. Sports clubs and
Labour law How to apply for employee benefits from temporary subsidy program?
A subsidy to employees affected by the COVID-19 crisis was established by order of Estonian Government from March 23rd, 2020 „Employment program 2017-2020 . To

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