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COVID-19: Loan Schemes Under Scrutiny After Rise In Fraud Claims

In a bid to reduce the devastating impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on UK businesses and in particular to SMEs, the government launched a number of loan schemes earlier this year, including the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and the Bounce Back Loan Scheme. These schemes were introduced with the aim of providing some much-needed […]

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Extension to the Coronavirus Job Support Scheme

As the Government is implementing local lockdowns and requiring pubs and restaurants to close in the latest stage of the war against Covid-19, calls for further financial support for affected businesses have been growing in volume. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has now responded by announcing earlier today his proposals to extend the support offered by the […]

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The emotional impact of separation

As we approach World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2020, we reflect upon the difficulties of the past 6 months, including tackling the realities of a global pandemic and a change to normality for most of us. As well as navigating the new ‘normal’ day-to-day, there are some who are also dealing with realities […]

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New Tribunal Procedure Rules

On 8 October 2020, the snappily titled Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) (Early Conciliation: Exemptions and Rules of Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 come into force. This is the first major amendment to the Employment Tribunal (ET) Rules in seven years. It has been brought about to help the ET system process claims quickly […]

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TUPE and the Coronavirus Job Retention Bonus

If you are looking to buy (part or all of) a business in the near future, then you may be eligible to claim the Coronavirus Job Retention Bonus for any employees transferring to you who have previous been furloughed by the seller. What is the Coronavirus Job Retention Bonus Scheme (CJRBS)? This government scheme allows […]

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New Job Support Scheme

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has just announced the government’s new Job Support Scheme to top up workers’ wages covering up to two thirds of their hours for the next six months. The idea is that this scheme will replace Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) which is due to end on 31 October 2020. The new Job […]

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COVID-19 and business interruption insurance

A major shock to the insurance sector was received on 15 September 2020 when the High Court handed down judgment in the test case brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (the FCA) in relation to business interruption insurance. The FCA represented those businesses who claimed to be entitled to a pay-out. Opposing the FCA, eight […]

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Remote witnessing of Wills Legislation laid before Parliament

Following our blog in July regarding the video-witnessing of Wills, the Statutory Instrument the Wills Act 1837 (Electronic Communications) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Order 2020 was laid before Parliament last week. The Wills Act 1837 requires that a Will must be executed by a testator in the presence of two witnesses, who must be present at the […]

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What are the latest changes to the Furlough Scheme?

Since 1 September 2020, companies in the UK using the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme) now must contribute to the wages of any staff they continue to furlough. Since March, Scheme has paid 80% of the wages of workers placed on furlough, up to a maximum of £2,500 a month. But now that grant […]

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Homeworking and employer’s obligations

As we move out of lockdown into ‘the new normal’, many employers are going to be faced with the prospect of staff working from home more regularly, if not permanently. For those employers who, prior to Covid, had no provision in place for staff to work from home, it may come as quite a surprise […]

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