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Mar
24
2020

Court Hearings during the Covid-19 Pandemic
#Dispute Resolution

In order to minimise the risk of transmission of Covid-19, the courts have produced a Protocol which provides guidance for conducting hearings remotely during the pandemic......

Mar
24
2020

Breaking: Statement on Financial Support for the Self Employed
#Employment

An urgent question was directed at the Chancellor at 12.30pm......

Mar
24
2020

Furlough leave - what is it all about?
#Employment

Furlough leave has not been defined by UK statute (yet). However, it is essentially a new mechanism that the UK government has implemented to avoid employers making employees redundant during the Covid-19 pandemic....

Mar
24
2020

COVID-19 update: Closure of USCIS centres for UK visas across USA
#Immigration

The U.S. government has suspended operations across their Application Support Centres run by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). These centres are also used to submit biometrics for UK visas made from the U.S.A......

Mar
23
2020

COVID-19 update: Secure English Language Tests (SELT) suspended until 17 April 2020
#Immigration

The Government announced the closure of all schools on Friday, 20 March 2020... ...

Mar
23
2020

UKVCAS Update
#Immigration

If you have an upcoming biometric appointment at a Sopra Steria UKVCAS visa centre then you should read the below carefully....

Mar
23
2020

Chancellors Announcement
#Employment

The Chancellor has announced the government package to support jobs and incomes during the public health emergency caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. ...

Mar
19
2020

Coronavirus- Factsheet for Employees
#Employment

We are in unprecedented times. The Government has advised measures of social distancing including the avoidance of bars, pubs and restaurants. Thousands of businesses will be forced to close due to a downturn in trade or staff being off unwell or in isolation.We all need to pull together and think flexibly and sustainably. This will have to be a group effort. Employees may need to agree a reduction in pay now to try and retain their roles in the long run. Businesses may have to make redundancies and conduct redundancy processes over a very short space of time to try and stay afloat....

Mar
19
2020

Does the zero in 50 stand for zero hours?
#Employment

A recent analysis of figures produced by the Office of National Statistics shows that there has been a significant increase in the number of 50 plus year olds who are on zero-hours contracts. ...

Mar
19
2020

COVID-19 Amendment to the Statutory Sick Pay (General) Regulations 1982
#Employment

On the 13th April 2020 the Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) Regulations 2020 comes into force. This follows the announcements from Rishi Sunak’s inaugural budget outlined earlier this week; “the best way to support people is to protect their jobs – and we do that by supporting our businesses”. ...

Mar
18
2020

Immigration in the time of Corona
#Immigration

The Coronavirus has peaked in China, and the number of new infections there are steadily declining. Whilst Europe is now at the forefront of this novel virus, it seems that there are effective measures which can be taken to prevent the spread. The new world has taught many new lessons in distance working, but there are many who still have to travel and brave these uncertain times....

Mar
18
2020

Public procurement and Coronavirus
#Public Procurement

Public bodies and bidders will be familiar with the requirements of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, which impose obligations in respect of the advertisement of public contracts over the financial thresholds, the conduct of the tender and the award of the contract......

Mar
18
2020

Do sponsors have to report migrant worker activity related to Coronavirus?
#Immigration

Due to Coronavirus, the government has provided a concession for some points-based system visa categories, to ensure both migrants and employers are not disadvantaged by the Coronavirus pandemic. ...

Mar
18
2020

Impact of Covid-19 on Construction Contracts
#Construction

As the World Health Organisation announced last week that Coronavirus can now be classified as a pandemic we are hearing from more and more clients worried about the impact of Covid-19 on their construction contracts....

Mar
18
2020

IR35 changes delayed to April 2021
#Employment

It was announced yesterday that the changes to IR35 legislation due to come into force in April this year have been delayed......

Mar
17
2020

Three “Ms” to help avoid the supplier’s nightmare of a key customer who can’t pay
#Business Recovery & Insolvency #Business Recovery & Insolvency

It is anticipated that the Covid 19 outbreak will result in a spike insolvencies in the UK and it goes without saying that this means that a very considerable number of suppliers to companies or sole traders will have been left as unsecured creditors, likely to receive a fraction only (or nothing at all) of what they were owed for goods or services supplied. ...

Mar
17
2020

Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) to increase in October 2020
#Immigration

The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) is a fee which is levied on most visa applications in the UK. ...

Mar
13
2020

PM’s briefing: impact on employers
#Employment

The Prime Minister confirmed that the UK will be moving into the ‘delay phase’ of its plan to tackle coronavirus. ...

Mar
12
2020

The Budget 2020 – Employment Law Round Up
#Employment

There were a number of measures introduced in the budget to try to protect businesses and employees against the impact of Coronavirus. ...

Mar
12
2020

Rare IR35 win for HMRC ahead of April changes
#Employment

In Northern Lights Solutions Ltd v HMRC, a contractor has lost his appeal against a tax bill of £70,000 after the Tribunal ruled the “overarching degree of control” meant he was a “disguised employee”....

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