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M2071 - COVID19 schemes: Filling in the blanks (Online)

  • 5 Jun 2020
  • 11:00 - 13:00
  • Online Webinar


Registration Time: 10:45
Sessions Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Speakers: Ms Karen Spiteri Bailey, Dr Matthew Brincat and Dr Lara Pace
Venue: Online Webinar
Participation Fees (The Institute is now accepting payments via Paypal)
MIA Members: €28.00
Non-MIA Members: €50.00
Retired Members: €15.00
Students: €20.00

Objectives of this session

The objective of this session is to clarify any uncertainties and misinterpretations on application and reporting of the COVID19 schemes issued by Government. The session will delve into common questions being asked to the different government departments such as DIER, Malta Enterprise and the CFR. Some questions remain unanswered since the employment law does not cater for these schemes, however this does not mean that there is no solution to this. Hence, this session will include a number of case studies with common problems being experienced by business owners and practitioners during this time. Questions such as utilisation of paid leave and unpaid leave, what an employer is obliged to give employees and what are the obligations of employees during this time and more. The participants will have the opportunity to ask any questions and discuss anything that relates to employment, payroll, tax reporting and the relevant laws. This session will cover a more practical approach from a holistic level covering all regulator requirements and bridging the gap between all the different aspects. The session will also include an explanation of the way forward on the new normal at the office. How are the guidelines to be interpreted on working from the office now that new measures have been implemented. 
Questions to be tackled include:
- An employee who has exhausted all his leave entitlement, is not reporting to work and is being paid his salary up to the top up of Eur1,200 - can an employer take note of this top up and request the employee to work these equivalent hours in the future? Is the employee’s leave deemed as being consumed whilst the Company is paying the salary for the full month and this same salary is being financed by the COVID-19 supplement?
- What happens if you have a full-time employee who is also a pensioner over 65 and was therefore forced to stay at home. Is he still entitled to receive a full salary? He is not entitled to the COVID-19 supplement since he is a pensioner.
- What do I do if I have a full timer and a part timer? Is the treatment different?
Any questions should be sent to technical@miamalta.org prior to the event to ensure that your question will be answered.

Topics on the agenda

The various benefit schemes that exist including who qualifies and who does not
- The situations brought about COVID19 and the process of obtaining a permit from the DIER
- What does the new normal mean for the employer
- Case studies
- Question and answer through a live chat

Target Audience

Practitioners, HR specialists, business owners, Accountants, lawyers, employers, employees

Speaker's Profile

Ms Karen Spiteri Bailey graduated from the University of Malta with a B.A. Hons. (Accountancy) degree in 1991. In 2007 she received her Diploma in Taxation issued by the Malta Institute of Taxation. Karen commenced her experience with PriceWaterhouse (Malta). In January 1994, she took up the position of Financial Controller with one of the leading textiles and carpet centres in Malta. Between January 2002 and December 2015, she was a Partner in Spiteri Bailey and Co., in charge of the Accounting and Taxation Department. In January 2016, Spiteri Bailey &Co., merged with RSM and currently is the Partner in the Outsourcing Department. She was appointed and formed part of the Board of Directors of the Malta Stock Exchange between 2006 and 2013 and Chaired the Finance Sub-Committee of the Exchange between 2010 and 2013. Karen was also a Board member of Malta Air Traffic Services Limited between 2004 and 2013.
Dr Matthew Brincat is a Partner at GANADO Advocates, whose practice mainly revolves around Employment and Pensions, areas of law he believes connect both the human and the corporate aspects of legislation. Matthew is a co-founder and the General Secretary of the Malta Association of Retirement Scheme Practitioners (MARSP), which brings together all the licensed pension administrators in Malta. He has also been heavily involved in the formation of GANADO Advocates’ Employment and Pensions law department and has gained valuable experience of Industrial Tribunal and OAFS proceedings.
Matthew is a member of the Lex Mundi European Employment Practices Group and delivers lectures at the Malta Employers Association on Employment Legislation. Matthew is also the co-author of the Malta volume of the Kluwer Encyclopaedia on Labour law and the author of a number of articles in local and foreign magazines and journals in relation to both Employment and Pensions legislation.
Dr Lara Pace is an Associate within GANADO Advocates’ Employment team, regularly assisting clients on legal matters relating to drafting of employment contracts and other legal documentation as well as on issues relating to termination of employment, dismissals, redundancies, discrimination, industrial disputes and litigation connected to such matters. Lara also advises clients on a number of employment issues in corporate takeovers and due diligence exercises.


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