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
Updated COVID-19 absences policy enables more people to qualify for the EU Settlement Scheme14 June 2021
The Home Office has significantly expanded the policy to allow continuity of residence in the UK to be preserved in certain circumstances where an EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) applicant has been absent from the UK due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
My relationship with a supplier is broken. Can I go straight to court? Rebecca Harries writes for The Times04 June 2021
We’ve supported a supplier through Covid but they are now really letting us down. We have a dispute resolution clause in our contract but we’ve had some heated calls and the relationship is broken. Can I skip it and go straight to court?
HR headaches for the holiday season27 May 2021
In the second article of our three-part series looking at resourcing over the holiday season, we consider some of the difficult issues that employers will be facing in this area. These range from managing quarantine and staff with built-up annual leave to contemplating new policy approaches to holidays for the longer term.
What to know when putting together your firm’s flexible working policy: Russell Brimelow comments for The Drum24 May 2021
Working nine to five, what a way to make a living. Flexible working policies have been a hot topic for several years now, but the conversation has reached a fever pitch since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Traffic light system comes into effect for travel to England19 May 2021
On 17 May 2021 a set of traffic light ratings was put in place for determining pre-and post-arrival COVID-19 measures for travelling to England.
COVID-19 adjusted right to work checks extended to 20 June 202112 May 2021
The Home Office has today confirmed that the COVID-19 adjusted right to work check process will remain in place until 20 June 2021, instead of 16 May 2021 as previously announced.
Coronavirus vaccination - FAQs for employers30 April 2021
Employers are facing many difficult and untested employment law issues as the UK rolls out its Covid-19 vaccination programme. These FAQs cover whether an employer can make vaccination compulsory for its employees, alternatives to a mandatory requirement, time off for vaccine appointments, dealing with vaccine objectors, data privacy concerns and other issues.
Furloughing employees - FAQs for employers on the coronavirus job retention scheme23 April 2021
The furlough scheme has once more been extended and will now end on 30 September 2021, with employer contributions gradually increasing from July onwards. These FAQs cover all aspects of how the scheme operates.