Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus: Force majeure checklist for business to business contracts governed by English law

Catherine Hayes
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Contractual performance is under the spotlight as the new coronavirus, known as COVID-19, sweeps across the globe. As a result many businesses are considering what happens if they or another business are unable to meet their contractual obligations. For...

Commercial tenants - collaborate and negotiate to protect yourself

Chloe Benson
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It has been a busy and stressful two weeks for everybody, especially for landlords and tenants.  On 20 March the government ordered all bars, cafes, restaurants, pubs and gyms to close.  The following Monday, on 23 March the government announced a...

Coronavirus: furlough rotation - employees can be furloughed more than once

Clare Gilroy-Scott
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The government updated its guidance for employers about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on 4 April 2020. This included confirmation that employees could be furloughed "multiple times", each separate instance being for a minimum of 3 weeks. ...

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - Guidance for employers

Alexandra Bonner
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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the Scheme) will allow UK employers financial support to continue paying part of an employee’s salary for employees that would otherwise have been laid off or made redundant during the crisis. Employees will...

Directors' duties in troubled times - updated 2 April

Jessica Nugent
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When a company is solvent and business is good, the company and its directors owe fairly limited duties to creditors (save, of course, for contractual obligations).  Directors must act in the best interests of the company at all times and must promote...

Coronavirus: isolation notes

Emily Kearsey
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Employees can self-certify for the first 7 days of sickness absence. But what happens after 7 days if an employee is either off sick with symptoms of Covid-19, or is self-isolating on government/medical advice (e.g. because a member of their household has...

Coronavirus: changes to sick pay

Emily Kearsey
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The rules on sick pay have temporarily changed because of the global Covid-19 pandemic. Ordinarily, an employee would need to be absent from work due to incapacity in order to qualify for statutory sick pay (SSP), which is currently £94.25 each...

Coronavirus: changes to annual leave carry-over

Clare Gilroy-Scott
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An amendment has been made to the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR) with effect from 27 March 2020 to allow workers to carry over any untaken statutory leave into the next two years, where leave has not been taken because of the coronavirus pandemic. These...

Coronavirus shutdown: can my child's nursery charge 100% fees?

Ellie Spencer
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The Government announced on 19 March 2020 that schools, nurseries and other registered childcare providers (such as childminders) would close their doors to the majority of children from 20 March 2020, in an effort to delay/curb the spread of COVID-19. Many...

Surrogacy: new parents stuck abroad amid Covid-19 shutdown

Charlotte Coyle
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The coronavirus pandemic has not only halted all types of international travel for those travelling for business and leisure but for those wanting to travel home with their newborn children. These new global travel restrictions will cause serious problems...

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