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May
14
2020

Settlement Agreements - What Are They?
#Employment

A settlement agreement (or compromise agreement as it used to be known) is a contract between an employee and employer....

May
14
2020

Furlough Scheme Extended to October
#Employment

In his address to the House of Commons at lunchtime today, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended until October....

May
14
2020

ACAS Updates Grievance and Disciplinary Advice
#Employment

Acas has published new guidance on how employers should conduct disciplinary and grievance procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance emphasises that all previous guidance, such as the Acas Code of Practice will continue to apply, and that the new guidance hopes to assist in instances where employees have been furloughed, where workplaces are inaccessible, or where employees are working from home....

May
11
2020

Government Guidance on contractual behaviour due to Covid-19
#Construction

The construction industry faces the unprecedented challenge of how to deal with Covid-19. It has a key role in the UK economy and in rebuilding that economy through this crisis and in the years that follow. ...

May
11
2020

Government slowly changes Lockdown Tack.
#Employment

At 7pm last night Boris Johnson addressed the nation on how the lockdown may be lifted. Whilst the Prime Minister regularly stated that any easing of restrictions would be at a snail’s pace, ...

May
11
2020

World Day for Safety and Health At Work 2020 – not just another day in the office!
#Commercial Real Estate #Construction

Last Tuesday (28 April) was World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Traditionally, this is the day each year when the International Labour Organisation (ILO) promotes safe, healthy and decent work surroundings....

May
11
2020

Your client is insolvent – six practical steps
#Construction #Business Recovery & Insolvency

As contractor, subcontractor or consultant, the nightmare scenario of your client/main contractor entering insolvency might be unavoidable and in a post Covid-19 world the risk is likely to be even higher. This might happen despite thorough pre-contract checks and risk protection measures....

May
11
2020

Crown Preference returns from 1st December 2020
#Corporate #Commercial #Business Recovery & Insolvency

The coronavirus pandemic has, rightly, dominated all press focus of the Government’s budgetary strategy. The Chancellor has introduced a swathe of measures to keep businesses going and the economy as far away from recession as possible. However, also included in the Chancellor’s budget last month was confirmation of the reintroduction of the Crown Preference from 1st December 2020. ...

May
11
2020

COVID-19, insolvency update and Company Voluntary Arrangements
#Commercial #Corporate #Business Recovery & Insolvency

A CVA is a contractual agreement which a company enters into with creditors, under which a company agrees to pay back, over a period of time, a percentage of the money that it owes to its creditors......

May
11
2020

COVID 19 and Business Interruption Insurance
#Commercial #Corporate #Business Recovery & Insolvency

Many businesses, particularly in the hospitality and leisure sector hold business interruption insurance, under which they are insured for the losses and costs arising as a consequence of an event which gives rise to business interruption – claims in the past have typically involved damage to business property....

May
11
2020

AGMs and impact of Covid-19
#Commercial #Corporate

With the Covid-19 outbreak placing unprecedented pressure on business, companies are having to rapidly adapt the way they carry out their corporate duties and responsibilities. ...

May
07
2020

Returning to Work – the Health and Safety implications of Covid-19
#Employment

On Sunday 10 May 2020, the Government is expected to announce some easing to the current lockdown measures, which could include some professions being permitted to return to work. ...

May
07
2020

Preparing for the post-lockdown workplace
#Employment

With a “roadmap” to lead the UK out of the lockdown due to be set out by the Prime Minister on 10 May 2020, employers across the country are now facing the question of how to safely reopen their workplaces......

May
06
2020

Self-employed delivery driver may not be worker under Working Time Directive
#Employment

In B v Yodel Delivery Network Ltd, the ECJ needed to consider whether a self-employed delivery driver could be a worker under the Working Time Directive......

May
06
2020

UK Government Acts to Protect Retail and Business Tenants
#Dispute Resolution #Business Recovery & Insolvency

On 23 April, the Government announced that it was introducing new measures to protect the UK’s Retail and Business Tenants. ...

May
05
2020

Procurement Policy Note 02/20: Supplier relief
#Public Procurement

Last month the Crown Commercial Service published its second PPN addressing the Covid-19 pandemic......

May
04
2020

Covid-19 clause – extensions of time and additional cost
#Construction

It is sensible for companies to be proactive and try to ensure that there is protection in their contracts against the effects of Covid-19. Below is a suggested example clause, for inclusion in tender packages....

Apr
30
2020

Furlough leave during an administration - the things to consider
#Business Recovery & Insolvency

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”) operates to reimburse employers for up to 80% (subject to a cap of £2,500 per month) of an employee’s salary. But what happens to furloughed employees if an employer enters into administration?...

Apr
30
2020

Furlough parental pay calculated on usual earnings
#Employment

Furloughed employees due to take a period of paid family leave (such as maternity, adoption, etc) will be entitled to pay for this leave based on their usual earnings, not the amount they are receiving while furloughed. ...

Apr
30
2020

Off-payroll working and the need to treat people fairly
#Employment

This criticism is valid and will not be news to HR practitioners. Since the IR35 changes were introduced in the public sector in 2017, we have been advising on the need to consider whether contractors who are deemed to be employed for tax purposes should also be onboarded as employees....

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