The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of statutory sick pay (“SSP”) in our society. As other countries around the globe have improved SSP in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus and help workers stay at home, we examine the SSP regime in the UK, the changes the government has made and whether SSP will be increased as we continue to live with the pandemic.
The Government has published the most recent Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 (“the Regulations”), taking us into a second lockdown, which will likely remind buyers and sellers of the months in which they could not view houses and building sites, and added complications to exchanging contracts, or completing transactions.
Just when we thought we were saying goodbye to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”) (the furlough scheme) and welcome to the new Job Support Scheme (“JSS”), the Government announced over the weekend that the CJRS is being extended until December and that the JSS would be suspended until then.
In response to the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic, the government introduced a number of loan schemes in order to assist businesses struggling financially. Recent reports suggest that these schemes, as outlined below, have become a target for fraudulent loan applications, by both genuine businesses and also organised criminal enterprises. This blog briefly examines the various loan schemes in place and the criminal offences which are likely to be the focus of investigating authorities in the coming months.
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.
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.