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Furlough scheme extended until October 2020

Yesterday the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme) will be extended for a further four months until the end of October 2020. As we currently understand the position, there will be no change to the way in which the Scheme currently operates until the end of July, however, it is anticipated […]

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Working safely during coronavirus guidance released

The Government has released the much anticipated guidance on working safely during the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance is broken down into different sectors and sets out the steps employers and employees should take in the workplace to follow the social distancing rules and prevent the spread of coronavirus. All employers who are planning to start […]

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Staying alert and safe (social distancing) guidance issued

Following the Prime Minister’s address to the country last night, the Cabinet Office has issued guidance on staying alert and safe (social distancing) together with its plan to rebuild the UK. As we have seen over recent weeks with the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, this guidance will likely be updated as the days go by; […]

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COVID-19: Where is Property now?

As we move into the sixth week of lockdown, this article attempts to look at what changes we have adopted for our clients, how property transactions have evolved and what is likely to happen as we move forward. Blacks’ response to the crisis With the impending lockdown there was no doubt that this new crisis […]

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance updated (again!)

What would another weekend in lockdown be without yet another revision to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme) guidance? On Thursday the government issued further revisions to the Scheme guidance for employers and employees, together with updates to the guidance on how to calculate 80% of salary and make a claim to HMRC under the […]

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Covid-19: Should you be considering EMI schemes at this time?

Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI) share schemes are tax-advantageous schemes used by qualifying companies to incentivise and retain key employees. As Covid-19 and future economic uncertainty result in a significant drop in turnover for many businesses, companies will continue to face difficult decisions around retaining staff. Is this the right time to consider implementing an EMI […]

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Parental leave entitlement whilst furloughed

The Government has confirmed that employees who have been placed on furlough but were planning to take a period of paid parental leave should have the statutory pay to which they are entitled during such leave (e.g. 90% of normal pay during the first six weeks of maternity leave), calculated on the basis of their […]

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Can I contact my furloughed employees?

With the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme) imposing a very clear prohibition on furloughed employees doing work and generating profit for their employer, we are being asked by many employers what this entails and if it means they cannot even contact their furloughed employees. As with all things related to the Scheme, we are getting […]

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Parents not to use COVID-19 to inappropriately frustrate contract

The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has given an interview to the BBC and reminded parents that the current pandemic should not be exploited or used to stop contact unnecessarily. You can read the full article here. Sir Andrew McFarlane reminds parents of the importance of keeping the child’s welfare their focus […]

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Furlough: Portal now open!

The much awaited HMRC portal for employers to make claims under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme) is now open and can be accessed via the Government Gateway here. The Government has also published a calculator that will assist employers to calculate 80% of furloughed staff wages; this can be found here. The Scheme guidance […]

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