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End of Furlough

15th Sep 2021 Covid-19

Recent tabloid articles indicate there were over 1.5 million people still on furlough at the end of July 2021, with economists anticipating there will still be over 1million unemployed once furlough ends. This trend is largely down to the impact of the pandemic on smaller firms and the inability to retain all of their furloughed […]

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Potential redundancies in the post-Covid world

1st Jul 2021 Covid-19

The Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is currently set to end on 30 September 2021. The scope of the CJRS has already started to decrease, with the Government’s contribution to wages – for hours not worked – reducing to 70%, from 1 July 2021, capped at £2,187.50, and then 60%, from 1 August 2021, […]

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Covid 19 – Employee succeeds with unfair dismissal claim after refusing to agree changes

11th Jun 2021 Covid-19

Employers may propose changes to an employee’s contract of employment at any time, but if the employee does not agree to those changes, the employer cannot unilaterally impose the terms. However, where an employer has sound business reasons for the change, they may be able to fairly dismiss and offer re-engagement on the new terms […]

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Covid-19 – Updates for Visa Applicants

11th Mar 2021 Covid-19

If you intend to stay in the UK, you will need to apply on the relevant visa route and pay the relevant Home Office fee. If you are eligible, you will be able o submit your application from within the UK. Please note while your application is pending with the Home Office, the terms of […]

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Coronavirus (‘COVID-19’) rules for travellers to the UK

16th Feb 2021 Covid-19

From 15 February 2021, if you’re a British and Irish citizen, or a third country national with “residence rights” in the United Kingdom (‘UK’), you will be required to quarantine at a managed ‘quarantine hotel’ for a minimum period of 10 days if you have been in or passed through a  “red list” country (also […]

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Motoring During The Pandemic

26th Nov 2020 Covid-19

During 2020 the Pandemic has had a dramatic effect on all of us and every aspect of our lives.  How we travel and use our cars has not escaped the touch of CV19. During the first lockdown the roads emptied and those that did venture out had almost unique experiences of driving deserted highways. Some […]

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Quarantine – What are your rights?

1st Sep 2020 Covid-19

The Government has, very helpfully, produced a list of countries to which UK citizens can travel freely without facing mandatory quarantine upon return. With a number of recent and rather last minute announcements where popular holiday destinations, such as Spain and France, were added to the mandatory quarantine list, many employees have found themselves in […]

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Coronavirus and Child Contact Arrangements

7th Jul 2020 Covid-19

One of the unfortunate, but not unexpected, results of the coronavirus pandemic has been an upsurge in arguments between separated parents over child contact arrangements. Some parents have chosen to exploit the Government’s Covid-19 guidance and stop contact visits altogether. The President of the Family Division, the most senior Family Court Judge in the country, […]

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A Day in the Life of a Criminal Solicitor – a typical day on lockdown

30th Jun 2020 Covid-19

Everyone’s days have changed since we initially went into lockdown, although a Criminal Solicitor has elements of what we now refer to as normal life. They still have to attend Police Stations when necessary and Courts that are open.  As much is now done remotely where possible, there are elements of a Criminal Solicitors life […]

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What risks will the new ‘Flexible Furlough Scheme’ pose to businesses?

17th Jun 2020 Covid-19

Businesses may have been alarmed by press reports this weekend that HMRC are to be given extensive powers to crack down on “furlough misuse”.  It is anticipated that the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, may add legislation to the Finance Bill to enable HMRC to vigorously pursue those they believe have broken the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme […]

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – Cut Off Dates and ‘flexible furloughing’

3rd Jun 2020 Covid-19

This is a summary of the key changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Friday 29th May 2020. The article explains important information regarding cut off dates and flexible furlough. What is the furlough cut off date? 10th June is the last date an employer can furlough an […]

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Covid-19: Test and Trace – Employee Pay For Those Self-Isolating

28th May 2020 Covid-19

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) can be paid to people who have been told to self isolate under the new NHS ‘Test and Trace’ system which launched in England today (28 May 2020). The government has updated The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2020, presumably to encourage workers to comply with ‘Test and […]

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