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:
- Home and away- when ‘working from home’ means working abroad
- Coronavirus - FAQs on managing a safe return to work
- COVID-19: force majeure and frustration flowcharts
- RE: Occupy - Managing the reoccupation of your premises
The impact of furlough on gender pay gap reporting: Tom Heys writes for workingmums18 January 2021
This year’s gender pay gap figures could be much lower than previous years, but this will be on account of the impact of furlough rather than businesses taking more meaningful action on gender inequality.
Furloughing employees - FAQs for employers on the coronavirus job retention scheme14 January 2021
Government imposes moratorium on statutory demands and winding up petitions07 January 2021
The government has introduced a temporary ban on commercial property landlords from issuing statutory demands and winding-up petitions against tenant companies unable to pay amounts owed under their lease due to coronavirus.
COVID-19 advice for corporate occupiers07 January 2021
Commercial tenants – whether occupying offices, retail premises, industrial units or other property - face potentially existential questions arising out of their landlord and tenant relations, how to manage cashflow and outgoings as revenues dry up, premises shut down and uncertainty reigns.
Coronavirus Act 2020 and forfeiture of leases07 January 2021
The government is racing to try to protect tenants’ interests, with the Coronavirus Act 2020 coming into force on 26 March.
Coronavirus – FAQs on staffing decisions when reopening workplaces06 January 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 work06 January 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, medical testing, contact tracing and adjusting hours and responsibilities.
Staffing decisions when reopening workplaces - flowchart06 January 2021
We have updated our flowchart to help employers decide which employees should attend their workplace during the Covid-19 pandemic following the introduction of a new national lockdown throughout England