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Two in five employers plan redundancies as the Furlough Scheme comes to an end

Two in five employers plan redundancies as the Furlough Scheme comes to an end

According to the latest research, two in five (44 per cent) employers who have placed staff on furlough leave will have to make some redundancies when the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) ends in October.

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July 14, 2020
Posted in Blog, Employment

Government to bring forward an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill

Government to bring forward an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill

The Government is bringing forward an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill inserting a new clause that would ensure that victims of domestic abuse are automatically eligible for access to special measures in family proceedings without the need for any determination of the victim’s vulnerability This includes a new clause  given the Court the power…

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July 1, 2020
Posted in covid-19, Family Law, Press Releases

Employees returning from parental leave continue to be eligible for furlough scheme

Employees returning from parental leave continue to be eligible for furlough scheme

Employees returning from statutory maternity and paternity leave in the next few months will remain eligible for furlough through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). Since 10 June, it has no longer been possible to furlough an employee for the first time, with the Government set to introduce part-time furlough from 1 July onwards. To…

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June 15, 2020
Posted in covid-19, Employment

Are employers responsible for commuter safety as people return to work?

Are employers responsible for commuter safety as people return to work?

Current guidance recommends that anyone who is not able to work from home should return to work within the ‘COVID secure’ guidelines. As part of this return to work, people are being encouraged to avoid public transport where possible, but for many this may not be possible. To assist those who commute via public transport…

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June 15, 2020
Posted in covid-19, Employment

Employers face imminent decisions on redundancies

Employers face imminent decisions on redundancies

Employers concerned at the prospect of contributing to the cost of furloughed employees’ wages from August now face imminent decisions about whether to begin the redundancy process. An employer wishing to make 100 or more redundancies from 1 August, when the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will cease to cover the cost of National Insurance…

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June 15, 2020
Posted in covid-19, Employment

Whistleblowers make almost 2,000 allegations of furlough fraud

Whistleblowers make almost 2,000 allegations of furlough fraud

Figures show that almost 2,000 allegations of furlough fraud have been made by whistleblowers against employers, with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) expected to impose steep penalties on businesses and directors found to have abused the scheme. Such claims come in several forms, including requiring furloughed employees to work, failing to pass the full value…

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June 15, 2020
Posted in covid-19, Employment

Government extends eviction ban in England and Wales

Government extends eviction ban in England and Wales

The ban on evictions in England and Wales, originally introduced in March, will now be extended for a further two months. The Government’s latest extension to the eviction moratorium means that landlords will be unable to commence a claim in the Courts for possession before 23 August 2020. The move, intended to protect tenants facing…

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June 15, 2020
Posted in covid-19, Property

Government backs business-to-business transactions with £10 billion trade credit reinsurance scheme

Government backs business-to-business transactions with £10 billion trade credit reinsurance scheme

The Government has committed over £10 billion to guarantee the trade credit insurance sector, giving thousands of British businesses the confidence to continue to trade in the UK and overseas.

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June 4, 2020
Posted in Blog, Commercial

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) extended

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) extended

The Chancellor has confirmed the extension of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), with the announcement of a second and final grant to support the income of self-employed individuals during the Coronavirus outbreak. The first and current round of grants under the scheme allows self-employed individuals to claim a taxable grant worth 80 per cent…

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June 1, 2020
Posted in Blog, Commercial, covid-19

Chancellor unveils changes to furlough scheme

Chancellor unveils changes to furlough scheme

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced a series of changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) from July that will see furloughed employees able to return to work part-time, but with the value of Government support reducing gradually from August. Meanwhile, the scheme will, in effect, close to employees who have not previously been…

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June 1, 2020
Posted in Blog, covid-19, Employment