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Legal Insights

The Future of Work

Jack Balmer

The Coronavirus pandemic undoubtedly acted as a major catalyst for change to established workplace traditions, with many employers adopting widespread remote and flexible working arrangements for the first time or rapidly scaling up existing practices. This said, the traditional workplace was already under threat, with technological advances challenging preconceptions around the when and where of... ...

Dismissal for refusing to wear a face-covering – fair or unfair?

Jack Balmer

Implementing Covid-19 related health and safety measures in the workplace has been an ongoing challenge for employers this year, as they balance new responsibilities alongside their existing obligations under employment and health and safety law.   With face-coverings now mandatory in many workplaces, either under the Coronavirus regulations or workplace health & safety policies, a... ...

Furlough scheme extended until end of September

Jack Balmer

In his Budget speech today, the Chancellor will announce the latest, and perhaps final, extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, until the end of September. This extension forms part of the Chancellor’s wider plan for economic recovery post-Coronavirus, and will give much needed reassurance to employers across all sectors, especially those such as hospitality,... ...

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... ...