Coronavirus News

Holidays – Ready, set … go? Navigating through a summer of uncertainty
Employers and employees alike will likely look back with fondness at the days where holidays were a simple matter of request, approval, jet set and return. COVID-19 travel restrictions have taken away what was once a relatively simple process, instead leaving a navigational minefield, of issues such as quarantine, destination and carry over rights. Natalie Wood and Emma O’Connor explore these issues.
Moratorium extended on forfeiture and crar
On 16th June 2021, the Government announced that it will be extending the moratorium on the forfeiture of commercial leases and CRAR (commercial rent arrears recovery) until 25th March 2022.
Training Times
Welcome to another edition of Training Times, focusing on what’s happening in the world of the HR Training Academy, new courses and what other businesses are training their leaders and people on.  Find out how training can save your organisation time and money. Stay ahead of the curve!
CJRS Extended to September 2021: Seventh Treasury Direction Released
On 15 April 2021, the Treasury released its seventh Treasury Direction in relation to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, intended to cover the period until 30 September 2021. Employment solicitor, Jemille Gibson, discusses the changes and what employers need to be aware of.
Will hybrid working alter attitudes to other forms of flexible working and leave?
It is widely anticipated that as restrictions are gradually lifted permitting a return to work for those who have been working remotely for the last year, many employers will adopt a hybrid model of working with employees working at least some of their time away from the office. 
Budget 2021 - A missed opportunity?
There are two things certain in life: death and taxes. This oft-quoted idiom actually derives from a letter written by Benjamin Franklin in 1789 but would not feel out of place in a tweet in 2021. And, as we know, when it comes to Inheritance tax (IHT); death leads to taxes. 
Coming out of Lockdown – ONS “WFH” report published
As spring rolls on and the UK continues to experience relaxations in the COVID rules many businesses who have been operating remotely for the last year are currently engaged in planning how the will operate once it is possible to return large numbers of employees to the office. 
Dismissal for refusing to wear a facemask
As restrictions ease, and employees start returning to the workplace, to what extent can an employer take action against employees who fail to comply with Covid-19 safety requirements?
Remote working from overseas: the top 5 issues for Employers
The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented numbers of employees working from home and some employees may even have chosen to work remotely from overseas. Employees may think that their location doesn’t really matter, however, it may in fact result in a legal headache for their employer. In this week’s article Jessica Clough and Barry Stanton take a look at the legal implications for employers of having employees working for them from abroad.
Business Interruption Insurance and the Supreme Court
Many businesses take out business interruption insurance each year to protect them in the event that their business operations are interrupted.  The coronavirus pandemic has caused business disruption across the country in a manner which is unprecedented.  Unsurprisingly many businesses which had taken out interruption insurance have sought to rely on the cover when making a claim.  

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