Coronavirus News

Change is Coming: IR35
You can be forgiven for having forgotten all about the new Off-Payroll Rules given the many other challenges businesses have faced over the last 7 months thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many industries reliant on self-employed consultants such as finance, construction and IT, breathed a collective sigh of relief in March this year when the Chancellor announced that the new off-payroll rules would be postponed. This was felt particularly keenly by Employment Businesses, many of whom were being squeezed in the middle by pressure from clients at one end, and candidates at the other. Barry Stanton, Partner and Katie Harris, Associate, discuss Off-Payroll rules coming back on to the business agenda.
A welcome extension to the Job Support Scheme
In light of the government’s new coronavirus announcements this week, Jessica Clough takes a look at the extension to the Job Support Scheme aimed to help those businesses who are now legally forced to close. The Job Support Scheme (“JSS”) replaces the current Job Retention Scheme, which is due to end on October 2020.
Coronavirus update: Video-witnessed Wills - what do I need to know?
On 25 July 2020, it hit the headlines that video-witnessed Wills are to be legalised. The Government has introduced secondary legislation, amending Wills Act 1837 so that, while Wills must continue to be signed ‘in the presence’ of two witnesses, their presence can be either physical or virtual.
Covid-19 - Ongoing duties of health and safety
While health and safety has always been an important consideration for businesses, with strict rules and regulations in place, this year has seen new and evolving challenges facing all types of business. Following updates in the guidance and new regulations from the government this month, Catrina Flanagan considers what businesses should be considering in relation to health and safety as we head into the autumn and winter.
Coronavirus and the impact on tech businesses
It is tempting to think that there is only one crisis, that caused by the coronavirus. Talk of it is pervasive, whether that be on calls with our colleagues or standing on the touchline watching our children play sport. We cannot escape from it. Many will have stopped this week to hear the PM and the Chancellor make their respective announcements.
Job Support Scheme (JSS) Announced
Today (24 September 2020), the Chancellor announced new plans to support jobs following new covid-19 restrictions announced by the Prime Minister. A new Job Support Scheme (JSS) has been announced which will commence from 1 November 2020 following the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS) and Flexible Furlough Scheme (FFS) on 31 October 2020. The new JSS government wage subsidy scheme is designed to protect “viable jobs”, so for some employers difficult decisions will have to be made. Guidance has not been published but what do we know so far and how can employers prepare?
Has the Coronavirus Act 2020 and the stay of possession proceedings affected my ability to seek possession against trespassers?
As landlords and tenants are well aware the Coronavirus Act 2020 and changes to the court rules have given tenants some security during the current pandemic, namely that they will not be evicted from their property.
A further stay of possession claims: where are we now?
Landlords of residential properties were left feeling aggrieved and thumping their fists on the table following the announcement by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP that the stay on possession proceedings, would be extended for a further 4 weeks
Alternatives to redundancy
With the Coronavirus having an unprecedented effect on the UK economy and the Government’s Job Retention Scheme (“JRS”) coming to an end on 31 October 2020, many employers are faced with the prospect of considering redundancies in order to reduce overheads and save their business.
New legislation passed guarantees statutory redundancy and minimum notice pay will be based on “normal weekly pay” for some
Since the introduction of the job retention scheme (“JRS”) there has been debate surrounding the correct rate of pay to give for employees who are given notice of redundancy while on furlough. This ambiguity has led some employers to pay statutory minimum notice and redundancy at the furlough rate rather than an employee’s usual weekly rate in an attempt to save money.

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