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Domestic Abuse: Protection from harm during ‘lockdown’

The Government’s guidance has now evolved to ‘Staying at home and away from others’. For those in a situation of domestic abuse or at risk of domestic abuse, and home is often not a safe place, there may be questions about the services available and how the guidance will impact them. It’s important to remember […]

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Apprenticeships and Coronavirus: Considerations for Employers

In recent years, the uptake of apprenticeships in many different industries has increased. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, many employers are uncertain as to the rules surrounding apprenticeships. What factors should an employer take into consideration when making decisions about apprentices? The Government has given the following specific advice: Training providers are encouraged to […]

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Coronavirus: Business Continuity Planning

Like most countries, the UK has been significantly impacted over the last couple of weeks and continues to face unprecedented challenges.  Here is our summary of five key areas to address when continuity planning for your business. Look after your employees With the current Government guidance requiring everyone to work from home, except where it […]

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Residential Landlord v Tenant v Covid-19

It’s reassuring to hear stories of people rallying to help one-another in these difficult times.  However, in relation to matters involving hard cash, the warmth of human kindness can become a little cool. When it comes to property rentals, landlords and tenants will still want to get the best possible deal out of any tenancy. […]

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The Coronavirus Self-employed Income Support Scheme

Following the announcement that employers can receive help from the government through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, ministers were criticised for the lack of help that was being provided to Britain’s 5 million self-employed workers. Last night Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced measures to support self-employed people who have suffered a loss of income as a […]

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Furloughing employees: Further clarity from the Government

The Government has now released formal Guidance for employers who are considering furloughing employees. The full Guidance is available here. The latest Guidance can be summarised as follows: Furloughed employees must have been on the employer’s payroll on 28 February 2020. The scheme applies to full-time employees, part-time employees, employees on agency contracts and employees on […]

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Gender Pay Gap reporting suspended

On Tuesday, the Government Equalities Office and the Equality and Human Rights Commission jointly made the decision to suspend the need for companies to report on the gender pay gap in their workforce. The decision was made due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the government gave its assurance that the decision would not derail attempts […]

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Coronavirus and H&S: A dilemma for employers

With the coronavirus pandemic causing disruption to our everyday lives, to an extent unprecedented in peacetime, many businesses are struggling to decide how to react. A common question being asked is “If our employees would struggle to work from home should we insist that they come into work?” An employer who elects to operate normally […]

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Rent Payments for Commercial Tenants: Covid-19

An announcement by the Government confirms commercial tenants are now protected from eviction if they do not pay their rent due to coronavirus (covid-19). The announcement could be seen to be late because it was published on the Government website two days prior to the March quarter date. Although, perhaps early too because solvent tenants would […]

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IR35: The Government Delays Implementation

Prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic the government has announced that it will postpone the implementation of IR35 changes. The reforms which were due to take effect from 6 April 2020 will now be postponed until 6 April 2021 as the government steps up its response to the spread of COVID-19 and its economic impact. What […]

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