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:
- COVID-19: force majeure and frustration flowcharts
- RE: Occupy - Managing the reoccupation of your premises
Furlough scheme extended to September 202104 March 2021
The chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced an extension of the furlough scheme for all sectors until 30 September 2021, with employer contributions gradually increasing from 1 July.
Furloughing employees - FAQs for employers on the coronavirus job retention scheme03 March 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.
Coronavirus vaccination - FAQs for employers03 March 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.
Coronavirus – FAQs on staffing decisions when reopening workplaces25 February 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 work25 February 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.
Coronavirus - FAQs for employers on working from home25 February 2021
As the new national lockdown comes into effect, these FAQs look at the various considerations that employers need to bear in mind in relation to employees working from home.
England introduces quarantine hotels and further post-arrival COVID-19 testing12 February 2021
From 15 February 2021, international arrivals to England will be required to quarantine in a government-managed hotel if, within the ten days before arrival, they have been in or transited a country to which a travel ban applies (‘red list countries’). Additional post-arrival COVID-19 testing has been mandated from the same date. A raft of sanctions will also apply for non-compliance.
Ireland: Employee unfairly dismissed for being refused remote working during pandemic27 January 2021
The Workplace Relations Commission recently found that an employee was unfairly dismissed when her employer rejected her request for remote working in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.