Putting your people first

As the coronavirus situation continues to develop on a daily basis, many employers have questions about their obligations.  The latest government guidance to ‘stay at home’ has also meant a lot of businesses are quickly needing to implement remote working arrangements or consider furlough leave

The legal framework in this context is not straightforward, and best practice guidance is changing daily in this area.  Our employment  solicitors are regularly updating this page with the latest employment law guidance.

Government support

On 4th April 2020 the Government published updated and expanded guidance on furlough leave under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). We look at the key changes and clarifications introduced, and some of the remaining areas of uncertainty.

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On Friday 20th March the Chancellor announced a new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which is intended to support businesses through the coronavirus crisis by underwriting the employment costs for the employees they would otherwise need to make redundant or to lay off temporarily without pay. 

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Employment partner Melanie Stancliffe provides further information about Furlough Leave under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and discusses the latest Government guidance for the self-employed.

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General employment advice

As cases of coronavirus spread across the UK, employers should consider the latest guidance in order to protect the health and safety of employees and mitigate business risks. Read more for our frequently asked questions on the topic.

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While over half a million people have already signed up to the NHS volunteer responders scheme and a new target  of 750,000 volunteers is announced, the legislation is now taking shape to provide employees with the statutory right to take ‘emergency volunteering leave’ for these purposes.

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As the details of the Government’s measures to support businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak emerge, we look at the options which employers have to ride through these turbulent times with the objective of avoiding the last resort of redundancy dismissals.

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The Coronavirus situation may lead to workplace absences for a variety of reasons.  Read our summary of legal rights to pay and suggested best practice for different types of absence, which we will continue to update in the light of developments including further legislation and Government guidance.

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Remote working

With the outbreak of Coronavirus- Covid-19, more employees than ever are now working from home for the foreseeable future. For many this will be a new method of working that will fast become the norm. It is key during this uncertain time that businesses continue to operate as normally as possible.

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In reaction to the increasing number of coronavirus cases, many businesses are closing their offices or reducing their onsite staffing and requesting their employees work from home.   Read more to understand key issues when implementing remote working arrangements. 

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