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31 July 2020

Businesses and ministers need more than redundancy pay law to protect employees - Niki Southern quoted in HR Magazine

Niki Southern, Partner in our Employment Law team, was quoted in HR Magazine on 31 July 2020. Niki commented on new legislation protecting the entitlement to full redundancy pay for furloughed employees. Niki is supportive of the move but concerned about the risk, citing the risk of firms making redundancies earlier than planned and unfairness to those already made redundant who are not eligible for full redundancy pay.

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Nikola Southern

31 July 2020

Furloughed employees must receive redundancy in full - Richard Fox quoted in Personnel Today, HR Review and Accountancy Daily

Richard Fox, Partner in our Employment Law team, was quoted in Personnel Today, HR Review and Accountancy Daily on 30 July 2020. Richard was commenting on new government legislation guaranteeing that furloughed employees are entitled to full redundancy pay in the event that they are made redundant after 31 July.

Employment

Richard Fox

28 July 2020

Teachers warned to avoid holiday quarantine risk or they could lose pay - Richard Fox quoted in The Daily Telegraph

Richard Fox, Partner in our Employment Law team, was quoted in The Daily Telegraph on 28 July 2020. Richard was commenting on the news that the re-introduction of a 14-day quarantine period for arrivals from Spain could cause disputes between employers and affected employees over pay and leave.  Richard highlights the gap in protection for employees and the negative impact on employers who cannot prevent employees from ignoring travel advice.

Employment

Richard Fox

23 July 2020

HMRC to clampdown on businesses that have abused the Furlough scheme

Furlough has undoubtedly been a huge success. According to the British Chamber of Commerce, since March the scheme has been used by two thirds of British businesses supporting approximately 9.4 million jobs. Yet at a cost approaching an eye-watering £30 billion to the taxpayer, it is understandable that the Government has confirmed it is now “using every tool and piece of intelligence to prevent, detect and disrupt fraud” in relation to the scheme.

Employment Law Blog

Richard Fox

21 July 2020

The next ethical dilemma: do we pay back furlough? - Kirsty Churm quoted in Personnel Today

Kirsty Churm, Senior Associate in our Employment Law team, was quoted in Personnel Today on 21 July 2020. Kirsty was commenting on the news that several large retailers have announced plans to pay back the furlough money they previously claimed from the Government during the height of the COVID-19 crisis. Kirsty suggests that there may be more to these decisions than civic duty or good publicity.

Employment

Kirsty Churm

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Can you get out of or suspend a contract because of Coronavirus?

Alex Torpey covers the key things to look out for if you are relying on the Force Majeure clause.

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Overcoming the challenges of co-parenting for separated and divorced parents

Rachel Freeman, Partner in our Family Law team, addresses some issues that we are seeing arise for separated parents in the current crisis.

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Tech in Two Minutes - Episode 7 - The Coronavirus challenge for tech coworking spaces

Andrew Solomon speaks about the challenge for tech companies and coworking spaces during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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Property done Properly - Episode 1 - COVID-19: Tips for documenting a Rent Concession

Rent Concessions are on the rise during the outbreak of COVID-19. In the first Property done Properly podcast, David Newnham discusses six of the practical considerations when documenting Rent Concessions

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The legal basis for lockdown

Alun Milford, Partner in our Criminal Litigation team, provides an in-depth look at the legal basis behind the current lockdown.

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Managing your Migrant workforce in the COVID-19 crisis

On Friday 3 April, immigration partner and head of department, Nick Rollason, hosted a webinar looking at urgent issues employers are facing during the COVID-19 crisis and answered some of the key questions being raised.

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Furlough leave and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: key legal considerations for Employers

On Thursday 9 April, Andreas White, Partner in our Employment Law Team, delivered an overview of the scheme with a focus of the key legal issues for UK employers.

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Coronavirus and the perils of signing your Will

Will instructions have apparently risen by 30% since COVID-19 reached our shores. What effect does COVID-19 have on Will signings? James Ward and Diva Shah in our Private Client team blog.

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The juggling act of a single mother, home school teacher and head of a family team

Charlotte Bradley, Head of our Family Law Team, reflects on how the COVID-19 crisis has affected working parents like her.

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The future public inquiry into COVID-19

Calls for a public inquiry are continuing to mount and are likely to prove difficult to resist. In this blog, Sophie Kemp considers the framework for such inquiries, and the key issues likely to form the core of its terms of reference.

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