COVID-19 commercial and workplace issues
Key COVID-19 issues facing the corporate, commercial and employment sectors.
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Our latest thinking into the insurance impacts arising from the ongoing crisis is offered against the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, having confirmed that the five tests which must be satisfied before lockdown can be adjusted have been met.
The mental health aspects of working at home, which can be linked to isolation without the presence of physical team members or managerial support is a key factor that should be considered by an employer on undertaking a risk assessment for home workers.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses have seen a movement of millions of their workers from the office to an enforced home office environment. A key risk at this time is in the use of display screen equipment (DSE).
With only a phased return to work on the horizon, many furloughed workers are facing the prospect of being away from their workplace for at least four months, leaving businesses to tackle how to effectively reintroduce them. With little precedent to follow, partner Alison Loveday says that treating furloughed workers in a similar way to returning mothers may be the answer.
Our latest thinking into the insurance impacts arising from the ongoing crisis is offered against a positive step in the UK exit strategy. Abbott and Roche have now both been approved to provide COVID-19 antibody tests in the UK.
In this article, we consider the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment practices liability (EPL) claims both immediately and in the longer term.
As the current pandemic continues to evolve it gives rise to a risk of an increase in claims for breach of landlord’s repairing obligations. At this time, the government has advised that both landlords and tenants should take a pragmatic, common-sense approach to resolving issues
Case review 07/05/2020
The story continues: Debenhams and the application of furlough schemes to companies in administration
On 15 April 2020, the joint administrators of Debenhams Retail Ltd made an application for directions to Mr Justice Trower on the COVID-19 furlough scheme.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit our shores, the courts have had to adapt very quickly to the number of new laws issued and court decisions reached in respect of remote proceedings, the main one being the Coronavirus Act (the Act) which came into force on 25 March 2020.
COVID-19: potential claims against construction professionals and its impact on ongoing and future disputes
The government has confirmed that construction sites across the UK should continue to operate. However, firms across the supply chain are being faced with difficult decisions about whether to temporarily close sites and, where sites remain open, the restrictions that need to be put into place.