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Parents returning to work after leave will still be eligible for furlough

As part of the pending changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme), in order to be eligible to be furloughed (either full time or flexibly) from 1 July 2020, an employee must have been furloughed and formed part of a claim to HMRC prior to 30 June 2020. In practical terms this means today […]

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What can I ask employees to do when they are on furlough?

When it was originally announced, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme) was only supposed to last for 3 months. However, since its inception, it has been extended twice and will now run until the end of October 2020. As the Scheme has gone from being a temporary measure to a long term fixture, employers are […]

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More Clarity on Force Majeure Clauses

You may have read our previous blog post on Force Majeure Clauses and whether they could be relied upon by a party who is unable to fulfill his contractual obligations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent case The recent case of 2 Entertain Video Limited v Sony DADC Europe Limited has clarified […]

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Flexible furlough and the end of the furlough scheme

On Friday evening, the Chancellor outlined the much awaited changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme), which has already seen been used to furlough around 8.4 million employees in the UK with 80% of their wages paid by the government. You can read the press release here. In summary, the Chancellor announced that: the […]

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Test and Trace – Statutory Sick Pay entitlement

On 28 May the government implemented the NHS Test and Trace system as the next part of the strategy to end the current lockdown. Under the system, anyone who shows symptoms of Covid-19 must self-isolate for at least seven days and anyone who lives in the same household must self-isolate for 14 days. Following a […]

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Furlough Scheme – The second Treasury Direction

On 20 May 2020, the Chancellor issued a second Treasury Direction to HMRC, modifying the earlier Direction that gave HMRC authority to operate the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme). Unfortunately, the first Direction setting out the framework of the Scheme conflicted with the guidance that had already been issued by HMRC (and which is currently […]

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Property Litigation: To Stay Or Not To Stay

In an effort to combat the coronavirus, all possession proceedings brought in England and Wales were stayed for a period of 90 days from 27th of March 2020. This rule was imposed by a Practice Direction in the Civil Procedure Rules (the procedural rules which govern civil cases) made by the Master of the Rolls […]

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Work Place Temperature Testing

As employees are now being encouraged to return to work, if they cannot work from home, employers need to consider the measures they have in place to protect employees from contracting COVID-19. One such measure that employers could consider is regularly testing employees by taking their temperature to establish whether the employee has or is […]

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Administrators and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Court of Appeal has recently considered the potential liabilities of administrators towards employees furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). It ruled that, if an administrator has made payments under the CJRS to employees who were already furloughed by the time a company goes into administration, then the administrator should be deemed to […]

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Furlough Holiday entitlement position clarified

The government has finally issued guidance clarifying the positing concerning holiday entitlement and pay during the coronavirus lockdown and furlough arrangements. The much awaited guidance addresses how employers can comply with their obligations in respect of holidays and pay both for employees who remain in work during this period and those who are furloughed as […]

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