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Job Retention Bonus Scheme – further details announced

Job Retention Bonus Scheme – further details announced

On 8 July 2020, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced the Job Retention Bonus Scheme as part of the Government’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ aimed at incentivising employers to protect jobs and support the UK’s recovery in the wake of Covid-19. What is the Job Retention Bonus (JRB)? It is a one-off payment aimed at encouraging employers […]

What is the employment status of a professional cyclist?

What is the employment status of a professional cyclist?

In the latest decision on ‘employee’ versus ‘worker’ status, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has found that a British Cyclist was neither an employee nor a worker of the British Cycling Federation and the package of services and benefits she received, did not amount to remuneration.  Jessica Varnish, a former professional cyclist, was selected for […]

Redundancy pay to be protected for furloughed workers

Redundancy pay to be protected for furloughed workers

The Government has announced new legislation today (30th July 2020), that ensures furloughed employees receive statutory redundancy pay based on 100% of their normal wage, rather than the reduced furlough wage. The new law will come into effect from tomorrow (Friday 31 July 2020) and will prevent companies taking advantage of the current Covid-19 crisis […]

Covid-19 and Commercial Lease Break Clauses – What tenants need to know

Covid-19 and Commercial Lease Break Clauses – What tenants need to know

To break or not to break: this is the question many commercial tenants will be asking themselves during these unprecedented times. Forced government closures, lay-offs, and remote working has led to many businesses finding themselves with empty commercial premises. Whilst these measures are temporary, the true economic effect of this pandemic is likely to be […]

The UK’s points based immigration system – what employers need to know

The UK’s points based immigration system – what employers need to know

On 13th July the Home Secretary, Priti Patel set out further details on the UK’s new points based immigration system. Its aim is to ensure that only the “brightest and best” individuals come to the UK. What is the new points based immigration system? The new points based system will come into force from 1 […]

Virtual Will witnessing to be made legal during Coronavirus pandemic

Virtual Will witnessing to be made legal during Coronavirus pandemic

During these uncertain and worrying times, many people are considering sorting out their affairs in order to protect their loved ones. However, with the current social distancing rules in place, individuals have had to get creative in finding a way to witness a Will, including through a window or over a garden fence. This has […]

What happens when the furlough scheme ends?

What happens when the furlough scheme ends?

As a result of the Covid-19 lockdown, many businesses have struggled to maintain revenue and have had to rely on the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme (‘CJRS’), also known as the ‘furlough scheme’, to retain staff.   What is the furlough scheme? The furlough scheme was introduced on 19 March 2020 to provide support for businesses […]

Covid-19: What if your Business Interruption claim has been rejected?

Covid-19: What if your Business Interruption claim has been rejected?

Covid-19 has had a huge financial impact on many UK businesses, with some having to cease trading completely. Many business owners have suffered a significant amount of revenue loss due to the lockdown restrictions. The Government has provided help through various initiatives such as the job retention scheme and business support grants. However, this may […]

Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday brings a welcome boost to the property market

Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday brings a welcome boost to the property market

On Wednesday (8 July 2020), Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled a series of measures aimed at helping the economy bounce back post Covid-19. The measures included an immediate introduction of a Stamp Duty holiday for those purchasing residential property before 31 March 2021. What were the Stamp Duty tax rules before the announcement? Prior to Wednesday’s […]

Government announces new schemes to create and preserve jobs

Government announces new schemes to create and preserve jobs

On Wednesday, 8 July 2020, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a series of measures designed to protect existing jobs, create thousands of new jobs in every part of the country and give businesses the confidence to retain and hire employees in the wake of Covid-19. With the furlough scheme winding down, ready to come to […]