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Legal Insights

Covid-19 Vaccinations: Key Considerations for Employers

Rachel Richardson

With the vaccine roll-out well under way, it is important to understand that you, as an employer, cannot force employees to take the vaccine.  Whilst of course you must do all you can to ensure the health and safety of your employees, that does not mean that you can insist on their being vaccinated, and... ...

The show must go on

Emma-Rose Rooney

The UK has commenced its ground-breaking roll out of vaccinations for Covid-19 today marking the “beginning of the end” of the global pandemic.  Despite this hugely positive development, the full tremors of the pandemic have yet to be felt by our economy.  Businesses are operating in extremely precarious and difficult times and unfortunately the economic... ...

Furlough scheme extended until 31 March 2021

Jack Balmer

The Chancellor has announced a further extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS or “furlough scheme”) until 31 March 2021, less than one week after its previous extension through November.   While this decision will ultimately be welcomed by employers, it will undoubtedly frustrate those who have already made difficult workforce changes on the... ...

Furlough scheme extended for further month

Jack Balmer

On Saturday evening, the Prime Minister unexpectedly announced the extension of the furlough scheme for another month, as England prepares to enter a national lockdown. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme had been expected to end on 31 October 2020. While this announcement was made alongside details of lockdown measures for England only, the extended furlough... ...

Further updates to the Job Support Scheme

Jack Balmer

Amidst growing criticism from businesses entering localised lockdowns across the UK, the Chancellor announced further changes to the Job Support Scheme which dramatically increase the financial support available from the Government. The Job Support Scheme will now be split into two schemes which provide different levels of support to employers according to their situation: Employers... ...

Job Support Scheme Extended

Jack Balmer

Under mounting threat of legal challenges against local lockdown measures in the north of England, on Friday evening the Chancellor confirmed that businesses which are legally required to close due to increased restrictions will be entitled to enhanced financial support under the new Job Support Scheme (JSS). It might be helpful to refer to our... ...

Chancellor announces new Job Support Scheme

Jack Balmer

On Thursday morning, the Chancellor announced the Government’s latest support measure for employers as a result of the pandemic. The Job Support Scheme (JSS) will come into effect on 1 November 2020 and will run for a period of six months, effectively replacing the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and “furlough” leave when they end on... ...

High Court ruling on business interruption claims

Edel McCullagh

The High Court in London has decided in favour of the FCA following an expedited hearing to resolve disputes between various insurers and their policyholders as to whether their Business Interruption policies covered losses sustained as a result of Covid-related lockdowns.   The FCA made the case for policyholders that the ‘disease’ and/or ‘denial of... ...

Coronavirus: Employment law updates for September 2020

Jack Balmer

The support available to employers under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue to decease in September, as the scheme enters its penultimate month before closing at the end of October.   Employers who have furloughed employees should take the following changes into account:   The grant support available under the Scheme will reduce again,... ...

WEBINAR: Covid-19 Business Recovery – Employment Law Update

The second of two webinars delivered in partnership with Ards and North Down Borough Council.  Many businesses are concerned about the end of the Furlough Scheme and are seeking advice on how to identify options for the business and employees. Topics such as redundancy and how to deal with potential local lockdowns are addressed by... ...