New Leave Entitlement: Medically Assisted Procreation in Malta

New Leave Entitlement: Medically Assisted Procreation in Malta
On the 30th May 2017, new Regulations came into force – Leave for Medically Assisted Procreation National Standard Order (S.L. 452.114).The Regulations grant a period of paid leave to employees who undergo the process of medically assisted procreation. The prospective parents shall be entitled to 100 hours of leave with full pay between them, which leave is to be paid by the employer. The entitlement to one hundred hours of leave for medically assisted procreation with full pay shall be granted for every process of medically assisted procreation, up to a maximum o...
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Invoking an arbitration clause in a contract subject to Maltese law

Invoking an arbitration clause in a contract subject to Maltese law
The Maltese Arbitration Act was meant inter alia to confirm in general the supremacy of the will of the parties to a contract containing an arbitration clause, to choose arbitration to the exclusion of ordinary courts. In view of recent developments in case-law interpreting and applying a provision in the same Arbitration Act, the ordinary courts seem to be fighting back to retain more than the residual authority which the courts traditionally retained for themselves when the contracting parties would have agreed on an arbitration clause. DisclaimerThis document ...
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Malta: Securitisation Cell Companies

Malta: Securitisation Cell Companies
The Securitisation Cell Companies Regulations (S.L. 386.16) which were enacted on the 28th November 2014 provide for an effective and robust legal framework for segregation of different sets of assets and risk instrument within a single special purpose vehicle, the Securitisation Cell Company, permitting the creation of multiple securitisation transactions without incurring any risk of cross-contamination between the different creditors and investors of the individual cells.To date the Maltese regulator, the Malta Financial Services Authority has 36 notified secur...
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What is the Public’s Perception of Piracy and Counterfeiting in Europe?

What is the Public’s Perception of Piracy and Counterfeiting in Europe?
The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) * has carried out a survey to gauge the perceptions and various sentiments held by EU citizens towards intellectual property rights, which encompass various aspects such as trademarks, designs, patents, copyright and the registration and protection of such.** The survey collected the views of over 26,500 people aged 15 and over across all 28 EU Member States, including Malta. THE EUIPO had also conducted a similar survey in 2013, the results of which have been complemented by this more recent survey. Com...
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Limiting the applicability of post-termination restraints on employees in Malta

Limiting the applicability of post-termination restraints on employees in Malta
The First Hall of the Civil Court delivered a judgment on the topic of post-termination of employment restrictive clauses, in the names of Cutrico Services Ltd vs Josef Penza (23rd February 2017). This judgment highlights the importance of careful drafting of employment contracts, in particular as regards restraints on the employees, since these can easily be considered as being against competition. The defendants's employment contract had contained a restrictive clause which provided that he was not, for his own account or for that of any other person, firm or co...
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