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Amendments to right to work checks during Covid-19 outbreak

May 27th 2020
 

Joanne Stronach Director and Head of Employment & HR provides useful update.  The government has amended right to work checks to make it easier for employers to carry them out during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The following temporary changes have been made: checks can now be carried out over video calls job applicants and existing workers can send scanned documents or a photo of documents for checks using email or…

Child arrangements during Covid-19

May 26th 2020
 

Amy Fallows Associate Solicitor in our Family Law team provides some helpful advice. The lockdown has challenged many parents.  Home schooling and home working are difficult to combine successfully.  Not least for separating parents who are already balancing childcare between two homes. The government made it clear:  Children can pass between parents despite the current restrictions.  It is equally clear that younger children are least vulnerable to Covid-19.  However, it…

Amy Fallows

Triathletes invited to take part in Lakesman in Lockdown

May 22nd 2020
 

TRIATHLETES from all over the world will be able to take part in a triathlon usually held in the English Lake District – by doing the virtual event from their own homes. Organisers of the hugely popular annual Lakesman Triathlons cancelled this year’s event because of COVID-19. But to help people keep their motivation and benefit their mental and physical well-being during lockdown – organisers have launched the virtual Lakesman…

Partnership Agreements – why bother?

May 22nd 2020
 

Jonathan Carroll Director & Head of Property talks about the importance of Partnership Agreements. So your accountant and your bank keep telling you that you ought to get a written partnership agreement.  Just money for lawyers, right?  Well, some, but the potential costs to you are huge if you don’t.  The law governing unwritten partnerships is from 1890, and pretty harsh: Any partner can terminate the business, practically overnight, and…

How have you adapted to working from home during lockdown?

May 21st 2020
 

Alice Whittome Solicitor in our Wills, Probate and Inheritance team talks about how she has been coping during lockdown. Where are you working from now? I am working at home. I have an office upstairs which looks out onto our garden.  My fiancé, Robbie, and I have been slowly working our way around our house decorating it and luckily the office was one of the first rooms we decorated last…

Alice

UK200Group Survey – Self Employed Experiences of SEISS

May 19th 2020
 

Are you self-employed or running a small limited company? Have you applied for a grant from the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme? One of the government support schemes is the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) which is a scheme to provide financial assistance in the form of a grant to those that are self-employed or members of partnerships that have been adversely affected by Covid-19. If you are self-employed, in a…

How businesses can deal with debt collection during Covid-19

May 18th 2020
 

Natalie Tatton Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team provides some top tips for debt collection during Covid-19. With businesses across the country facing financial uncertainty, it is important that your own business is protected as far as possible.  Although there is some government support to businesses, there are going to be financial problems as a result of Covid-19 and many businesses have already seen their income reduce significantly. Many individuals…

Natalie Tatton

Health and safety is the number one challenge to getting SMEs back to work

May 15th 2020
 

A LEADING legal firm is urging business owners to make sure they are up to date on legislation after a poll revealed health and safety as the number one challenge to getting staff back to work as lockdown eases. With thousands of people set to head back to work as restrictions are gradually lifted, company bosses and individual workers are being advised to make sure they fully understand their legal…

Carol Fish

Health & safety is the biggest challenge facing SMEs as they emerge from lockdown

May 14th 2020
 

Earlier this week, we shared a UK200 Group poll, to better understand the biggest challenges facing SMEs as they return to work from lockdown. If you participated in the poll, thank you. The poll has highlighted that health and safety ranked as the top concern for businesses emerging from lockdown.  Cashflow comes second and client confidence third. This indicates that it is the uncertainty of reopening a business, with all…

Furloughed workers qualify for full parental leave entitlement

May 14th 2020
 

Joanne Stronach Director and Head of Employment & HR provides update. The government has announced that furloughed workers taking paid parental or adoption leave will be entitled to pay based on their usual earnings rather than a furloughed pay rate. Entitlement to Statutory Maternity Pay, as well as the other forms of Parental or Adoption Pay, are currently calculated through someone’s average earnings over an 8-week assessment period.  For Maternity…

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