Coronavirus Updates

Furlough: Employee transfers under TUPE

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It has been confirmed that employers can claim under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the Scheme) in respect of employees that were transferred from a previous business in line with the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations...

Furlough: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended to the end of June

Clare Gilroy-Scott
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To reflect extended social distancing measures, the Treasury has announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which allows employers to claim a grant to assist with payment of wages to "fuloughed" workers, will be extended for another month...

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 - can employees 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. ...

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

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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

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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...

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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