Coronavirus News

May
06
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.
Apr
29
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. 
Apr
28
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. 
Apr
21
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. 
Apr
14
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?
Mar
17
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.
Mar
11
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.  
Feb
09
Vac to work, Vac to play
Since the first COVID-19 vaccine outside of trials was administered in the UK on 8 December 2020, the vaccination programme has continued at pace, with 15% of the UK population having received at least one dose as of 2 February 2021. Would requiring the vaccination, of staff and/or customers, be justified and what are the legal risks?
Feb
05
A Shot in the Arm - Can Leisure and Hospitality require a vaccine to access their services?
Since the first COVID-19 vaccine outside of trials was administered in the UK on 8 December 2020, the vaccination programme has continued at pace, with 15% of the UK population having received at least one dose as of 2 February 2021.
Jan
22
The Gender Pay Gap and the impact of COVID-19
The Gender Pay Gap is the difference in the average pay of men and women across the labour market. According to the Office for National Statistics, in 2019 women were paid on average 17.9% less than men.

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