Coronavirus News

Are you “Zoomed out”?
Back to back video meetings are tiring – but why? Emma O’Connor asks why some are suffering from “zoom fatigue” and looks at how we can build resilience at work and improve our meeting momentum?
Further extension to the Job Retention Scheme until 31 April 2021 announced and – new Guidance and Treasury Direction published
A new month long lockdown for England is now in full swing and the Job Retention Scheme (JRS#2) has been extended until March 2021- Emma O’Connor asks what does the new guidance and Treasury Direction mean for employers and their employees and what does the new guidance published on 10 November 2020 mean for employers?
STOP PRESS no.2! Chancellor announced 5 Nov. a further extension to the Job Retention Scheme until 31 March 2021
A new month long lockdown for England has been announced from Thursday 5 November for England as well as an extension of the Job Retention Scheme (JRS#2) until March 2021, Emma O’Connor asks what does this new announcement from the Chancellor yesterday (5 November 2020) mean for employers and their employees?
Coronavirus and the resultant tenant hardship in the UK: advice for landlords and tenants
Many commercial tenants were relieved by the extension of the restrictions on Landlords imposed by the Coronavirus Act 2020, particularly where those tenants are in arrears are as a result of the pandemic. 
Further amendments to the Job Support Scheme
Further amendments to the Job Support Scheme (JSS) were announced by the Chancellor at the end of last week.  Jessica Clough looks at what those changes are and the effect on employers.
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.

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