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Significant surge in divorces

As the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to take its toll, many people are continuing to see a notable impact on their personal lives. Recent studies have found that the pandemic is creating enormous pressure on relationships, with an expected surge in divorces impending. In the first weekend of September, views on the Citizens Advice divorce page were up…

Understanding restrictive covenants and furlough leave

As a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, many employees will be made redundant through no fault of their own.  A significant number of employees will also find that they have restrictive covenants in their contracts of employment that are likely to hinder their search for alternative employment in the immediate aftermath of their redundancy. …

Redundancy rockets in the UK

As the Coronavirus outbreak takes its toll on the workplace, British employers planned more than 300,000 redundancies in June and July as reported by BBC News. A huge 1,784 firms made plans to cut approximately 150,000 jobs in July, and 1,888 planned 156,000 cuts in June.  Worryingly, this may only be the tip of the…

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…

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,…

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%…

Covid-19: managing divorce during a pandemic

As the Covid 19 lockdown begins to slowly ease, the unfortunate reality is that not all marriages and relationships will be coming out the other side – with divorces sadly expected to rocket in the coming months. Some families may have enjoyed the ‘strange new reality’ of being together all day everyday. You’ve most likely…

Changes in Family law due to Coronavirus

Can I still start divorce proceedings whilst there is  a “lockdown” or do I need to wait until the restrictions are removed? You can still start divorce proceedings now if you have decided that your marriage has broken down.  All our divorce cases are started using either the post or online services and in the…

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…

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…

COVID-19: school closures and working parents

On Friday 20th March 2020, the decision was made by the UK Government to close all schools for the foreseeable future, in a bid to try and delay the spread of coronavirus.  In addition to schools, both public and private, the decision included all childcare settingsincluding nurseries and childminders and further education colleges – putting an…

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: the forgotten employees

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was launched to support employers during the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic and reduce job losses. However, in this developing situation a fair amount of questions have been asked around eligibility and monitoring. The Government has now clarified that only employees who were on their employer’s PAYE payroll on…

Coronavirus employment law issues: what you need to know

The coronavirus pandemic has, understandably caused a fair amount of panic amongst business owners as they work to understand the impact on their business. In response, the speed that many employers are making decisions to terminate employee’s employment or place employees on furlough leave is accelerating. However, this in turn is increasing the risk of employers…

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