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
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.
Workplace testing – FAQs for employers22 April 2021
Testing for Covid-19 at work is set to play an important role in the government’s gradual reopening plans with employers being strongly urged to sign up for free lateral flow tests. These FAQs cover the legal issues and considerations that employers take on board before rolling out a workplace testing programme.
Under pressure: what kind of pressure makes a contract unenforceable?09 April 2021
Even as lockdown eases, multiple periods of restrictions over a sustained period and the wider economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic have made the performance of many commercial contracts very difficult, if not impossible. As a result, some parties have sought to avoid their obligations altogether, whilst others may seek to amend them as they begin their post-lockdown operations.
But you promised! Even without a written contract, promises can be enforced and rights given up.09 April 2021
Broken promises in commercial life can leave businesses in real difficulties. That feels particularly unfair when a party’s only mistake was to take the other at its word. Which is why in the normal course of things businesses should have written contracts to remove risk and uncertainty.
Can a contract be terminated if the effects of COVID-19 have prevented performance?09 April 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on businesses worldwide. Lockdown, restrictions, disruption to supply chains, increased pressure on cashflow and reduced capacity have all affected the ability of businesses to fulfil contractual obligations. Despite best efforts to co-operate, preserve contracts and maintain business relationships, as we emerge from lockdown and gradually return to some sort of normality, many will find themselves in a position where their counterparty remains unable to perform its obligations and will be in breach of contract.
Will a court force a party to perform its contractual obligations?09 April 2021
As businesses start to get back to some kind of normality, they must be alive to their options if faced with a counterparty unable to comply with its contractual obligations in an uncertain economy. The usual remedy in such a scenario would be for the innocent party to sue the defaulting party for the loss and damage suffered as a result of the other party’s failure to fulfil its obligations.
Did contractual dispute resolution clauses have immunity from the effects of Covid-19 and the lockdown restrictions?09 April 2021
As businesses plan to recommence operations, they must consider the legal implications of any action taken or contemplated to preserve contracts and business relationships and be alive to the potential consequences of action threatened or taken by other contracting parties. The actual or perceived amenable approach taken by some during the pressure of lockdown may quickly evaporate as the country returns to some sort of normality. This combined with economic uncertainty is likely to result in an increase in disputes.