Right road back to the office

The Government’s roadmap out of the current lockdown has undoubtedly been welcome news for employers, who can now start planning to reopen their businesses and bring their employees back to work. However, when putting these plans in place, there are many issues to consider, some of which we’ve outlined below: Effective communication and good planning […]

Further furlough and more self-employment grants

As announced in the Budget, the furlough scheme will be extended until September, with the Government continuing to pay 80% of furloughed workers’ wages until June. Thereafter, employers will be expected to contribute towards furloughed workers’ pay. From July, employers will be expected to pay 10%, increasing to 20% in August and September, with the […]

Looking forward to life after lockdown

In its ‘Roadmap Reviews’ paper on 5 April the Government clarified how it intends to manage the pandemic once we take (hopefully) the final step out of lockdown on 21 June – when all restrictions are expected to be lifted. Included is a COVID-Status Certification Review, which will explore how COVID-status certification might help in […]

Webinar: Emerging from lockdown and how to manage the return to the workplace

As the UK continues to progress along the government’s roadmap towards the end of restrictions, many employers are turning their minds to the return to getting their staff back into the workplace. With policies in place covering the physical return to the workplace, employers must now start consulting their staff about their return to the […]

Schools – the extended furlough scheme

The furlough scheme is helping a large number of schools to reduce their overheads at a time when their revenue has been reduced by fee discounts and in some cases pupils not returning in September 2020. Boarding schools have been particularly affected with some pupils opting to remain in their home countries, even as schools […]

Due diligence considerations in relation to the Government’s CBILS and BBLS

As a result of the global Covid-19 pandemic, the British Government introduced state backed loan facilities schemes. The schemes are intended to provide support via much needed cash injections into SMEs, in an attempt to alleviate the financial burden afflicting many industries in the UK. Two loan schemes have been introduced to assist small and […]

‘No jab, no job’ – why we don’t advise employers to have a mandatory vaccination policy

We hear in the news this week that Charlie Mullins, famously litigious founder and CEO of Pimlico Plumbers, has announced that he has instructed the company’s lawyers to draft new employment contracts making it mandatory for staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. If that is the case, it is not an enviable position for those […]

Webinar: Dealing with Charity Property – an overview of the requirements of the Charities Act and how to comply with them

Many charities have property assets, which are sometimes quite substantial. The Charities Act imposes various requirements in relation to dealings with charity property to ensure that the assets are protected for charitable purposes. In this webinar, Gordon Reid and George Shepherd from the Charities Team at Moore Barlow explain the requirements and how charity trustees […]

Webinar: Independent schools – Strategic planning for the challenges of 2021

After one of the most challenging years in recent memory, strategic planning for the year to come has never been more vital. In this wide-ranging webinar Joanna Lada-Walicki, Adam McRae-Taylor and Gordon Reid consider the key topics on the agenda for independent school senior leaders and governors for the year ahead. Topics covered include: The […]

Health and Safety protections extended to Gig economy workers

The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain v The Secretary of State for Work & Pensions and others. A recent decision by the High Court to extend health-and-safety protections those engaged in the gig economy will have a huge impact on hundreds of thousands of workers. The Independent Workers Unions of Great Britain brought the […]

Webinar: Beware the automatic unfair dismissal

Many employers are having to make changes to their business, including restructuring and redundancy programmes. In doing so, it is important that they do not fall into the trap of assuming that it is safe to dismiss any employee who has less than two years’ service because they do not qualify for ordinary unfair dismissal. […]

Government support for jobs and the self-employed is extended into 2021

The government has just announced further extensions to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), also known as the furlough scheme, and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). For further details on how the CJRS operates, see some guidance Job retention scheme. The CJRS was recently extended to the end of November to cover the second lockdown […]

Covid-19: Extension of furlough

The Prime Minister has announced that England will be entering into a national lockdown from Thursday 5 November until at least 2 December 2020. During the lockdown pubs, restaurants, gyms, non-essential shops and places of worship will close but schools and universities will stay open. People should work from home where possible but those industries where working […]

Covid-19: Three tier lockdown and extension to the Job Support Scheme

The Prime Minister has formally unveiled plans for a new three tier system for implementing local lockdowns restrictions across England. The system uses three levels which are ‘Medium’, ‘High’ and ‘Very High’ to determine the measures to be imposed in certain areas. Most areas are at medium level and those who are currently facing local […]

Week’s pay for a week’s furlough

With many companies starting to make redundancies as the furlough scheme begins to wind down, there has been much discussion of how to calculate notice pay and statutory redundancy payments, in particular whether these should be based on the employee’s usual salary or the reduced rate that they have been receiving on furlough. On 31 […]

Covid-19: New Coronavirus Regulations now in force

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force in England at midnight. The Regulations confirm and set out the rules regarding mandatory periods of self-isolation following the rollout of the NHS contact tracing app. The Regulations also increase the level of fines for failing to comply with the self-isolation rules to as much […]

Webinar: As the furlough scheme draws to an end, what are your workplace options?

As the furlough scheme draws to an end, what are your workplace options? With only a few weeks to go, it is certainly something on a lot of employers mind. Date: Wednesday 7 October 2020Presenters: Katherine Maxwell, Partner at Moore Barlow Emma Edis, Partner at Moore Barlow Stephanie Clark, Associate solicitor at Moore Barlow This […]

Webinar: New corporate insolvency rules – What are the risks and opportunities?

The UK Government has recently introduced new legislation to help directors and businesses deal with threats from creditors in these difficult times. Some provisions relate to dealing with the Covid-19 crisis specifically, but other changes are permanent, changing the law in far-reaching ways which include: new powers to directors to impose a moratorium on their […]

Webinar: Legal masterclass – Investing in distressed businesses

Our corporate experts discuss key risk areas to consider when investing in distressed businesses, share valuable insights into the opportunities of investing, and help you avoid the pitfalls. We outline some of the basic checks you should be making before investing, provide some pointers around keeping your deal on track amidst pressure from the other […]

Webinar: The ongoing challenge of bringing staff back to the workplace

Since 1 August, the government has given employers the green light to bring their employees back to the workplace (provided it is safe to do so), but it has been a slow trickle effect. Many people are opting to continue to work from home for a number of reasons, including health & safety, family commitments […]

Webinar: Contracts and insurance dispute management during Covid-19

Covid 19 raises a number of issues on contracts, including frustration and force majeure, which are especially important when these contracts are the lifeline of a business. Through the Cabinet Office, the government recently published its guidance on responsible contractual behaviour in the performance and enforcement of contracts impacted by the Covid-19 emergency. Some businesses […]

Webinar: How can debt recovery improve cash flow during the coronavirus pandemic?

Whilst there may be many reasons to cause businesses to enter into liquidation, for SMEs it is often the impact of unpaid invoices and the negative effect that has on cash flow. The coronavirus pandemic has significantly disrupted businesses across the UK and around the world. Many businesses may have felt that there was little […]

Covid-19: Travel abroad and compulsory quarantine – how do employers manage this?

Schools have broken up for summer holidays and more employees are now venturing out and going abroad. Already we are seeing signs of further coronavirus related issues for employers. The first big challenge has been triggered by the government’s sudden decision to impose 14-day quarantine on those returning from Spain.This has implications for employees who […]

New support for directors: Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020

On 26 June 2020 the Government’s new Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (CIGA) came into force. CIGA sets out temporary measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, there are important permanent reforms to insolvency and company law. Together this represents a major package of new legislation to help navigate troubled times and in […]

Webinar: To return to work – or not

The challenges of coronavirus and how employers manage returning to work We are facing a time of uncertainty as employees are encouraged to return to the workplace for economic and well being reasons, whilst at the same time being asked to work from home where possible. With the potential for conflict between offices re-opening versus […]

Coronavirus: weddings can now take place, but should you also consider a pre-nuptial agreement?

The Government recently announced that from 4th July couples can now get married in England with up to 30 guests and enjoy their wedding ceremonies with rules in place, such as all individuals from different households being at least 2 metres apart, or one metre with risk mitigation if this is not possible.

Making your workplace Covid-19 secure

As the stay at home rule relaxes and businesses get the green light to re-open, employers are making plans to bring their staff back into the workplace. All employers have a statutory duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees as far as reasonably practicable. The government’s message remains that employees should […]

Updated COVID-19 toolkit for independent schools

In March we produced our toolkit to help independent schools manage the unprecedented challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.  As society starts making steps towards a return to normality and schools prepare to welcome back pupils, we have updated this key resource for independent schools as they continue to navigate their way through the next […]

Keeping children safe in education – new changes for September

The Government has just released the updated version of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE), which will come into force on 1 September 2020.  You should continue to refer to the current version of KCSIE until 31 August 2020, but schools will want to start preparing for the upcoming changes.  The key new developments are […]