Businesses are facing many real and unique challenges as the world responds to COVID-19.
With thoughts turning to re-occupying premises, people are faced with dealing with the practicalities of how to implement social distancing measures and ensure the safety of employees. Critical to this is how you manage your premises and questions are being asked by businesses, particularly in multi-let office buildings, about who is responsible for ensuring common areas are safe (such as the reception areas, toilets and lifts) and who must pay for measures which must be implemented to make them safe.
We have launched RE: Occupy to help.
RE: Occupy is designed to provide you with a combination of thought leadership and peer insights with low cost, fixed fee, high-quality services to support your re-occupation.
What does RE: Occupy offer?
- Thought leadership from our market leading employment and real estate practices, focusing on your key assets – your people and your buildings.
- Peer to peer insights through a series of round table discussions with similar corporate occupiers and leading property agents.
- Transparency and cost certainty to meet your property needs during re-occupation. We are offering a low cost, fixed fee menu of services to assist with issues such as documenting alterations to deal with social distancing guidelines or extending lease terms. Fees start at £240 +VAT for an alterations review and report.
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Coronavirus – FAQs on staffing decisions when reopening workplaces23 September 2020
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.
Staffing decisions when reopening workplaces - flowchart23 September 2020
We have updated our flowchart to help employers decide which employees should attend their workplace during the Covid-19 pandemic following the government's announcement of new measures on 22 September 2020
RE: Occupy Survey30 July 2020
Many businesses have made adjustments to allow a steady return of staff to office premises. As Boris encourages people back into the office, and it becomes increasingly clear that things will not return to ‘normal’ for some time, thoughts are turning to the medium to long term vision. We conducted a survey for business decision makers to investigate their plans for their offices, providing some clear trends which we hope will benefit you as we look to a ‘new normal’.
RE: Occupy - Real Estate FAQs for Tenants during Covid-1922 June 2020
The impact of Covid-19 is constantly changing for the real estate sector: from construction sites and developments being shut down, to new approaches for planning inquiries and a mutable landscape for lease negotiations. Nothing is set in stone. Therefore, we have pulled together a selection of the questions we are being asked by clients and will be updating this regularly.
Coronavirus Act 2020 and forfeiture of leases22 June 2020
The government is racing to try to protect tenants’ interests, with the Coronavirus Act 2020 coming into force on 26 March.
RE:Occupy - Managing the reoccupation of your premises10 June 2020
With corporate occupiers turning their thoughts to re-occupying their premises, as well as dealing with the practicalities of how to implement social distancing measures, they will be concerned to ensure that they are not exposing themselves to potential contractual, negligence and health and safety claims from employees, visitors, contractors or landlords. Whilst the government is providing advice to businesses on how they should manage the safety of staff, questions are being asked by businesses particularly in multi-let office buildings about who is responsible for ensuring common areas (such as the reception areas, toilets and lifts) are safe and who must pay for measures which must be implemented to make them safe. So, who is liable for what?