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The World Organisation (WHO) has now upgraded the status of the Covid-19 outbreak from epidemic to pandemic. It is a global health threat and is causing unprecedented disruption.
As all employer organisations are no doubt aware, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is concerned with the regulation of workplace health, safety and welfare.
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.
The developing coronavirus pandemic will disrupt the usual processes of serious injury claims handling to an extent not encountered for several generations. Whilst this will inevitably lead to complications, we believe that there are potential solutions.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, we continue to offer insights into some of the key issues facing employers in the UK.
The current coronavirus pandemic (named ‘COVID-19’ by the World Health Organisation) is dominating global headlines and as it continues to evolve it gives rise to new areas of risk in the employers liability claims market.
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.
Case review 2020-03-06
In this case, the claimant’s personal injury claim for damages in excess of £100,000 was dismissed as the judge did not believe the claimant’s version of events. Following further submissions a finding of fundamental dishonesty was made and the claimant was ordered to pay 75% of the first defendant’s costs despite the claimant establishing that they had breached their duty of care.
Developments in relation to proposed changes to the discount rate in Northern Ireland have long been awaited and whilst the rest of the UK has forged ahead implementing new methodologies to their discount rate, the lack of any government in Northern Ireland led to uncertainty and complaints of discrimination by claimant representatives.
Over the past few months, many of you will have been asked to carry out some ‘horizon scanning’ to identify the trends that we are likely to see in the coming year.