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The coronavirus has become an issue of major concern for everyone, including employers. As events have progressed, there has been an urgent need for more people to be able to work remotely and business continuity is increasingly essential for employers to maintain and preserve their business’ in the uncertain weeks and months ahead.
While priority measures are understandably focused on the threat to life and health, with governments around the world implementing quarantine and social distancing procedures, local and international trade and business has been and will continue to be affected in different and, often extreme, ways.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, we continue to offer insights into some of the key issues facing employers in the UK.
If the coronavirus continues to spread, we anticipate the impact to businesses will be significant and as such, businesses need to respond robustly to minimise their exposure to further commercial risks and to protect their employees and for business continuity.
The current coronavirus outbreak (recently named COVID-19 by the World Health Organisation (WHO)) is dominating global headlines. Since it was first reported from Wuhan, China on 31 December 2019 it has spread to 25 countries, infected over 42,000 people and claimed over 1,000 lives.
With the pace of change in the global insurance market showing no signs of slowing in 2020, we have underlined the London Market’s need to reassert its ability to adapt and manage the constant evolution of global risk. Releasing our annual London Market forecast for the year ahead, we have made predictions across 11 areas impacting the London Market, namely: aviation, casualty coverage, construction, cyber, energy, financial lines, marine, product liability and life sciences, professions, political risks and property damage.
Case review 28/11/2019
The law of vicarious liability continues to exercise senior judicial minds, as the courts re-configure the traditional approach to this subject to meet the demands, evolving working practices and social norms of the modern world. Two cases come before the Supreme Court this month and whilst we await the outcome we consider the potentially far-reaching ramifications for employers and insurers alike.
We are pleased to announce that highly regarded commercial litigation partner Jane Kupsch and senior associate Lucy Reade have joined our growing Melbourne office today. Both were formerly at Piper Alderman.
Case review 20/11/2019
Cadent Gas Ltd v Singh [08.10.19]. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) recently upheld a decision that an employee was dismissed because of his trade union activities, in circumstances where the manager driving the disciplinary process had been motivated by hostilities towards the employee’s union.
Dealing with grievances promptly and fairly can prevent problems developing into major workplace issues. If the problem is handled badly or not dealt with at all, it is only likely to grow and may permanently damage trust and undermine the employer-employee relationship.