On 30 March 2021 the provisions of the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (“CIGA”) which allowed purely virtual general meetings will lapse, and the normal rules will apply. ICSA have produced some useful guidance to assist companies in dealing with their general meetings in the light of this change.
While working from home and flexible working arrangements have long been available in workplaces, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically increased their prevalence in the UK. The Office of National Statistics (“ONS”) reported that in April 2020 46.6% of UK employees did some remote working, in contrast to only 12.3% in 2019. The significant increase in working from home has been mirrored by a booming of “productivity intelligence” software used by employers. In a November 2020 report entitled ‘Technology Managing People’ the TUC found that 15% of workers had seen an increase in employer monitoring since the start of the pandemic. In addition, one in five firms have admitted to implementing or planning to introduce “secret software used to spy on staff”.