Covid 19 - Coronavirus
Our advice on responding to the coronavirus outbreak.
With the rapidly changing status of COVID-19 in the UK and internationally, the business community will face many urgent and unique challenges over the next few weeks. We want to play our part in helping you, your business and your industry move past them. As a firm, we have already started to advise many of our clients on issues relating to COVID-19. With questions and queries wide-ranging, we are here to provide answers to your questions, to act as a sounding board for the decisions you’re planning to make and to help you make the key decisions that will protect your business and your communities in the weeks ahead.
There’s a lot of information, advice and food for thought on our COVID-19 hub, which is updated regularly across each of our legal areas. You can find our latest insight into the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and our guidance on how businesses should respond in the UK and internationally. We and our international colleagues will be keeping our guidance updated as the situation develops.
Our current key articles include:
- Coronavirus - FAQs on managing a safe return to work
- Furloughing employees - FAQs for employers on the coronavirus job retention scheme
- COVID-19: force majeure and frustration flowcharts
- RE: Occupy - Managing the reoccupation of your premises
The clinically extremely vulnerable can now return to work – or can they?03 August 2020
From 1 August the clinically extremely vulnerable no longer need to “shield” due to the risk of Covid-19, and can potentially return to work. The government has amended its workplace guidance accordingly, but at the time of writing some of this information is confusing and contradictory.
Coronavirus – FAQs on staffing decisions when reopening workplaces03 August 2020
Employers are facing many employment law issues as restrictions begin to be eased and more employees can come back to work. These FAQs cover specific issues in relation to deciding which employees should stay at home and what happens if employees do not want to return to work.
Staffing decisions when reopening workplaces - flowchart03 August 2020
We have produced a useful flowchart which will help employers to decide which employees can return to work as part of the Covid-19 road to recovery.
Government to pay bonus for retaining furloughed workers31 July 2020
The Chancellor has announced a new job retention bonus as part of its Plan for Jobs 2020. Employers who bring workers back from furlough and retain them in employment until the end of January 2021 will qualify for a £1,000 bonus, and further guidance on the scheme was published on 31 July.
Consulting with furloughed employees about redundancies and changing terms: Colin Leckey and David Hopper write for Employment Law Journal31 July 2020
Colin Leckey and David Hopper explore the challenges of consulting remotely and holding remote elections for employee representatives when staff are on furlough or working from home.
Key legal considerations for returning to the office from 1 August: Colin Leckey and Helen Coombes write for HRZone31 July 2020
With government guidance on working from home set to change from the beginning of August, Colin Leckey and Helen Coombes share their thoughts on the likelihood of a grand office reopening across the UK.
Can I “work from home” in another country? Rosie Moore, Colin Leckey, Catherine Hayes, Catherine Leung and Katy Lee write for Lawyer Monthly31 July 2020
COVID-19 is causing many employees to ask if they can work from ‘home’ for an extended period in an overseas country, for example, because it is their home nation, or their family is based there.
Restructuring the workplace post Covid-19 - FAQs for employers31 July 2020
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme may have been extended to 31 October 2020, but employers are thinking now about what their workforce might look like following the end of subsidised furlough and a return to more normal working patterns.