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National Minimum Wage and furlough

Many of our employer clients are now utilising the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Consequently, one of the most common questions we are being asked is: what happens to employees whose wages dip below the National Minimum Wage (NMW) following the 20% reduction to wages when on furlough? Almost all workers and employees in the […]

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Furlough and multiple occupations

All employers are now familiar with furlough and the Government’s Job Retention Scheme which offers UK employers grants from HMRC to cover 80% (up to a maximum of £2,500 per worker per month) of the wages of staff who are on the payroll but not working because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Employees placed on furlough […]

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Update

On Saturday the government updated the guidance for employers on how to claim for the wages of furloughed employees via the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The new guidance provides greater clarity on a number of issues that have been troubling employers these last two weeks, such as who is eligible to be furloughed, what […]

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Wrongful trading laws relaxed, but directors’ duties remain

Company directors will have taken some comfort from the recent Government announcement that wrongful trading provisions of the Insolvency Act 1986 (IA 1986) will be relaxed. However, the details of exactly how the laws will be relaxed are not yet clear, and directors still need to be mindful of their duties under the Companies Act […]

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Is the Coronavirus a “Force Majeure” event?

Businesses around the world are being disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak due to supply disruptions, workforce constraints from sickness and self-isolation measures, as well lockdowns and the restriction on the movement of people imposed by the Government. Where possible, businesses are asking their employees to work from home. However, in light of these difficulties businesses, […]

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Covid-19: Residential buyers and sellers, what can you do?

With Easter approaching and summer just around the corner, now may usually be the time that you look forward to having a spring clean or even a fresh start. However, the Coronavirus has taken the world by surprise, putting many of our plans on hold. We are currently being flooded by realms of information, and […]

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Coronavirus and maternity leave

According to the Chief Medical Officer, expectant mothers fall into the “at risk” category of the population. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, employers have been asking many questions in relation to how the virus will affect expectant mothers and women on maternity leave. This is especially so since the introduction of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme […]

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Coronavirus & Corporate Transactions: Looking to the Future

There is no denying that the Government enforced business closures and significant decrease in footfall and spending, as a result of the Government #StayHome initiative, have adversely impacted most sectors within the UK economy. This downward trend has been mirrored across the globe and reflected in the markets. Our blogs over the last couple of […]

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Coronavirus and carrying over annual leave

Under the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR), if an employee is unable to take their annual leave entitlement in the year in which it accrues, they cannot carry it forward except in limited circumstances where it has not been possible for the employee to take holiday. For example, this may occur as a result of […]

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Furlough: Some of your questions answered

The announcement of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, with the Government promising to pay 80% of employees’ wages capped at £2,500, left many employers asking a lot of furlough related questions. The Government’s formal Guidance, whilst going some way to providing employers with clarity, has still left many questions unanswered and it remains to be […]

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