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September 2020: the penultimate phase of the Job Retention Scheme

As of today, September 1st 2020, employers will need to pay more towards the cost of furloughed employees. Until now, the UK government has contributed 80% of the employee’s wage – capped at £2,500. That contribution has now dropped to 70%, with employer’s making up the extra 10%. Employers must also pay National Insurance and…

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Furloughed employees and redundancy payments: a new law

New legislation has been brought in to ensure the fair treatment of employees on furlough leave who are being made redundant. ‘Furlough leave’ was introduced into the UK in response to the coronavirus pandemic in an effort to prevent mass redundancies. However, some businesses will still need to make redundancies despite the use of the…

Self-isolation and Statutory Sick Pay: what are the rules?

Most people will have experienced a significant change to both their work and personal life as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. While some normality seems to be resuming, it is clear from the local lockdown measures and additions to the ‘travel quarantine list’ that regular changes to regulations are to be expected for quite…

COVID-19: Frustration of Contracts

The impact of COVID-19/Coronavirus has shaken society all across the world, both personally and professionally.  For businesses, many may have engaged in contracts prior to the pandemic that has not been completed or fulfilled, or have been delayed or hindered due to the lockdown that followed the outbreak.  In these uncertain times would it be fair…

A guide to flexible furlough

Furlough leave was introduced in the UK back in March 2020 to help reduce the number of job losses expected as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Government has now introduced more flexibility to the scheme, allowing employees on furlough leave to be brought back into work part-time from July 1st. The furlough scheme…

Ban on tenant evictions extended by two months

The coronavirus pandemic prompted the Government to pass emergency legislation to protect tenants from being evicted due to missed rent payments in England and Wales. Introduced in March 2020, the ban aimed to protect tenants during the pandemic, where job losses and reduced wages were anticipated to affect rent payments. Initially introduced for three months,…

Redundancies expected to surge as furlough scheme winds down

The president of the employment tribunals has said he’s anticipating an notable increase in redundancy-related dismissals as the UK’s furlough scheme winds down in the coming months. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was introduced to help support businesses and employees through the coronavirus pandemic, allowing employers to place employees on ‘furlough leave’. During this period…

Furlough leave and redundancy: employee’s rights

‘Furlough leave’ is a new concept to the United Kingdom, introduced through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Employers were encouraged to take advantage of this scheme as an alternative to making employees redundant. When furloughed, an employee does not complete work for their employer – but remains employed by them, while the employer claims 80%…

Positive news for landlords experiencing trespassers during the Coronavirus pandemic

The Ministry of Justice has revised the Civil Procedure Rules concerning possession proceedings against trespassers during the pandemic. The Ministry of Justice has revised the Civil Procedure Rules concerning possession proceedings against trespassers during the pandemic. This change is effective from 18th April 2020 and clarifies that the stay of 90 days imposed from 27th…

How do I implement a homeworking policy?

Following the UK outbreak of Covid-19, organisations are looking to protect their staff long term and offer a flexible work environment. Many businesses are looking to make home working a permanent part of their business.An effective home working policy will protect employers and set out what is expected of staff. What is considered as home…

Taking Stock of HR Documentation During Lockdown

The outbreak of Coronavirus in the UK, and the government enforced lockdown resulted in many organisations making quick decisions, hoping to ensure the long term future of their business. . It is likely that a number of business owners will have reacted in haste to the shut down and potentially breached their employment contracts with…

On 16th April 2020, further alterations were made by Companies House in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Companies House had previously announced that companies due to file their annual accounts could apply for a three month extension and now it has revised its policies for company strike offs and penalties for late filing of documents.…

Employment law support for dental practices

Why labour over employment law? Running a dental practice is hard work. Linder Myers recognises that you are running a business where the focus is on the care you provide to your patients, and therefore you do not need the additional worry that comes with keeping up to date with all HR legislation on top…

Is your Force Majeure clause effective?

The Coronavirus has had a huge impact on our day-to-day lives. The full impact on the economy is yet to be seen, however, many businesses are starting to struggle. The news is already reporting that supply chains have been disrupted, certain products are harder to source and some companies are unable to fulfil their contractual…

Companies House Extension For Filing Accounts

The UK Government has announced a number of new measures to try and support businesses through the current outbreak of COVID-19. One of which was a three-month extension for businesses due to file their company accounts. The current law states that all companies must submit their accounts to Companies House on an annual basis. Failure…

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