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:
- Home and away- when ‘working from home’ means working abroad
- Coronavirus - FAQs on managing a safe return to work
- COVID-19: force majeure and frustration flowcharts
- RE: Occupy - Managing the reoccupation of your premises
Back to tiers - what do the new regulations say about office working?01 December 2020
The new legislation to reimpose a tier system in England from 2 December 2020 has finally been published. We look at what it means for office workers.
Long Covid – what implications does it have for employers?01 December 2020
This article explores the growing phenomenon of “Long Covid” – the continuation of serious symptoms and effects for a significant period after a person’s initial Covid-19 infection and illness. Is disability discrimination law likely to apply in this context and how should employers approach this issue?
A guide to the immigration implications of COVID-19 for UK employers23 November 2020
This document sets out the main immigration law issues and Home Office guidance that you need to be aware of so you can consider the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for your business. The Home Office is making policy announcements and issuing revised guidance regularly and we will keep you updated as this is published.
Furloughing employees - FAQs for employers on the coronavirus job retention scheme13 November 2020
The planned closure of the furlough scheme has been postponed and it will now continue until the end of March for all parts of the UK. These FAQs cover what we currently know about the extended scheme.
Restructuring the workplace post Covid-19 - FAQs for employers13 November 2020
The furlough scheme may have been extended to 31 March 2021, but employers are looking ahead to cost-saving measures in the face of ongoing economic challenges.
Self-employed financial support extended until April 202112 November 2020
The government’s Coronavirus Self-Employment Income Support Scheme has been extended for a further six months, providing two further three-month grants after the expiry of the second grant period.
How Law Firms Can Preserve Their Talent Pipelines Through the Pandemic: Carolyn Soakell writes for Law.com International10 November 2020
The challenges posed by the current pandemic and the shift to mass home-working present both opportunities and risks for firms competing to attract and retain talent.
Coronavirus: absences from work and entitlement to pay06 November 2020
The Coronavirus situation may lead to workplace absences for a variety of reasons. This is our summary of legal rights to pay and suggested best practice for different types of absence.