Covid 19 - Coronavirus
Our advice on responding to the coronavirus outbreak.
With the changing status of COVID-19 in the UK and internationally, the business community is facing many urgent and unique challenges. We want to play our part in helping you, your business and your industry move past them. As a firm, we have already advised 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 for employers
- Coronavirus - FAQs for employers on working from home
- Home and away- when ‘working from home’ means working abroad
- Coronavirus - FAQs on managing a safe return to work
- Coronavirus staffing decisions when reopening the workplace
- Furloughing employees - FAQs for employers on the coronavirus job retention scheme
- Coronavirus vaccination - FAQs for employers
- Workplace testing – FAQs for employers
- Sickness absence and sick pay during the Covid-19 pandemic - FAQs for employers
- COVID-19: force majeure and frustration flowcharts
- RE: Occupy - Managing the reoccupation of your premises
Coronavirus – FAQs on staffing decisions when reopening workplaces11 October 2021
Employers are facing many employment law issues as the guidance on working safely during the Covid-19 pandemic continues to evolve. These FAQs cover specific issues in relation to deciding which employees should stay at home and what happens if employees do not want to come to work.
Coronavirus – FAQs on managing a safe return to work07 October 2021
Employers are facing many employment law issues as the guidance on working safely during the Covid-19 pandemic continues to evolve. These FAQs cover employers’ health and safety obligations, including risk assessments, risk control measures and responsibilities towards employees who are advised to self-isolate.
Staffing decisions when reopening workplaces - flowchart07 October 2021
We have updated our flowchart to help employers decide which employees should attend their workplace following the removal of most legal restrictions in England from 19 July 2021.
International approaches to Covid-19 retention and wage subsidy schemes 202129 September 2021
Last year in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic Governments across the world introduced arrangements equivalent to the UK’s furlough scheme, aiming to support businesses in retaining employees by subsidising all or some of their salary. We have conducted a follow up survey which reveals significant differences between the remaining schemes still offered, with some schemes already terminated, a variation in subsidised amounts and replacement schemes being introduced.
Carrying out adjusted right to work checks up to 5 April 202227 September 2021
Under the Home Office’s current guidance for right to work checks (RTW), it is possible to conduct a fully compliant initial or follow-up RTW without seeing the individual face-to-face. To cover practical difficulties arising during the COVID-19 pandemic, mainly where the checker cannot easily gain access to original documents required for a manual RTW, the Home Office has instituted a temporary adjusted procedure.
Government consults on flexible working rights23 September 2021
The government has released its long-awaited proposals for strengthening flexible working rights, but they do not amount to radical reform.
UK employers grapple with vaccine policies: Lucy Lewis comments for The Financial Times22 September 2021
Employers in the UK have been warned by legal advisers that requiring staff to be vaccinated against Covid may prove problematic, as offices start to fill up again after the easing of pandemic restrictions.
As many return to the office, tensions flare between the ‘vaxxed and unvaxxed’: Lucy Lewis comments for CNBC13 September 2021
As many people return to their offices, tensions appear to be emerging between colleagues along new lines: Those who are vaccinated against Covid, and those who are not.