Covid 19 Employment Law Series: Furloughing ‘at risk’ employees – Parklane Plowden

‘Can “shielding employees” (those who are extremely vulnerable to a Covid 19 infection) be furloughed; and what of that wider group, including pregnant women and those over 70, thought to be more at risk than the population at large, many of whom have been sent home by their employers on health and safety grounds?’

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Parklane Plowden, 23rd April 2020

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Conveyancers calls on government to extend furlough scheme – Legal Futures

Posted April 24th, 2020 in conveyancing, coronavirus, delay, employment, housing, news, remuneration, stamp duty by sally

‘The furlough scheme should be extended for property businesses, like conveyancers, where income required to pay staff will not be available for months after work is undertaken once lockdown is lifted, the government has been told.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd April 2020

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HMT Direction issued on furlough under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – 11KBW

‘Since announcing the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the “Scheme”) in mid-March, the Government has issued several iterations of Guidance which explain the Scheme – not all in the same way. On 15 April 2020, HMT issued the ‘Coronavirus Act 2020 Functions of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme) Direction’ (the “Direction”). It is the Direction which finally provides a basis in law for the Scheme and to which close attention should now be paid.’

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11KBW, April 2020

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Young barristers spell out pandemic’s devastating financial toll – Legal Futures

‘Young barristers are being especially badly hit by the coronavirus crisis and they are unlikely to get much help from the government’s self-employment income support scheme (SEISS).’

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Legal Futures, 23rd April 2020

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COVID-19 and employment law in the UK – OUP Blog

‘The last couple of weeks have seen a raft of new legislation in the United Kingdom, hurriedly passed to deal urgently with the coronavirus situation. It has clearly been drafted quickly, with guidance that goes well beyond the legislation, and so this has led to some confusion as to what exactly the law now says.’

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OUP Blog, 21st April 2020

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Carluccio’s Limited (in administration) [2020] EWHC 886 (Ch). The first judicial decision on the Government’s Furlough Scheme – Parklane Plowden

‘In a judgment handed down by Snowden J on a bank holiday on 13 April 2020 in the matter of Carluccio’s Limited (in administration) [2020] EWHC 886 (Ch), we have the first decision regarding the application of the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“the Scheme”). The Scheme allows employers to claim for 80% of an employee’s salary (up to a maximum of £2500 per month) if staff are kept on the books doing no work (furloughed) rather than dismissed as redundant.’

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Parklane Plowden, 16th April 2020

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Pandemic Law by Twitter: How the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has already changed – Old Square Chambers

‘The Updated Guidance alters the scope of the CJRS in significant ways, most importantly by extending it to individuals who are not employees but are taxed through PAYE, and answers a number of questions about the way the CJRS is intended to work which were left unanswered by the Original Guidance.’

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Old Square Chambers, 6th April 2020

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Coronavirus job retention scheme: what employers should do – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 20th, 2020 in contract of employment, coronavirus, employment, holiday pay, news, remuneration by tracey

‘The UK Treasury has now published the formal rules of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in the form of a Treasury direction, as well as announcing that the scheme will run until at least 30 June 2020.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th April 2020

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The essential contents of a furlough letter/email/agreement – 3PB

‘If you are reading this article with alacrity, chances are you are in charge of a business contemplating adoption of the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the Scheme) in preference to laying-off or making redundant some or all of your workforce; that, or you will be looking to advise such people on what to include within a furlough letter.’

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3PB, 7th April 2020

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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Pump Court Chambers

‘The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“the Scheme”) was announced by the government on 20th March 2020.’

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Pump Court Chambers, 4th April 2020

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The implied term of trust and confidence & the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Old Square Chambers

‘The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“the Scheme”) is a grant that, for those eligible, covers 80% of the usual monthly wage costs up to a ceiling of £2,500 per month plus associated employer NICs and employer pension contributions paid on the furlough pay up to the level of the minimum automatic enrolment employer contribution. Employees can be on any type of employment contract, including full-time, part-time, agency, flexible or zero-hour contracts. Foreign nationals are also eligible to be furloughed.’

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Old Square Chambers, 14th April 2020

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Carluccio’s Limited (in administration): Administration and furlough arrangements with employees – Exchange Chambers

‘Snowden J gives urgently sought directions to administrators in respect of furlough arrangements with employees following a remote video hearing in the matter of Carluccio’s Limited (in administration) [2020] EWHC 886 (Ch).’

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Exchange Chambers, 15th April 2020

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One in seven female solicitors suffer bullying or discrimination – Legal Futures

‘One in seven female solicitors have experienced bullying, discrimination and harassment in the workplace over the past year, Law Society research has revealed.’

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Legal Futures, 16th April 2020

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – how does it fit with the existing law on lay-offs and short-time working? – 3PB

Posted April 16th, 2020 in contract of employment, coronavirus, employment, news, remuneration by sally

‘The government has now provided details of the ‘Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’ which was first announced on 20 March 2020.’

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3PB, 7th April 2020

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Sports Clubs in the Lurch? Considering the Eligibility of Players for Government’s Furlough Scheme – Littleton Chambers

Posted April 15th, 2020 in chambers articles, coronavirus, employment, news, remuneration by sally

‘The restrictive measures imposed in an attempt to curb the spread of Covid-19 are creating an unprecedented and often existential challenge for businesses across the globe, and sports clubs are no exception. Indeed, given the suspension of almost all sports, sports clubs are amongst the worst hit, as most sources of revenue dry up including (depending on where they fall within the pyramid) ticket sales, subs, and revenue gained from hiring out venues for concerts, conferences and other private events.’

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Littleton Chambers, 6th April 2020

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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – An Overview – Doughty Street Chambers

‘On 20th March 2020, HMRC announced that it would set up the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The purpose of the scheme is to prevent mass redundancies and unemployment in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic. On 26th March 2020, HMRC published further guidance on the scheme. The guidance was then updated on 4th April 2020 and again on 9th April 2020.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 14th April 2020

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COVID-19, the self-employed and the Bar – a wobbly scheme? – Doughty Street Chambers

‘The Government approved a package of measures targeting the self-employed in response to the Covid-19 crisis. But are these measures sufficient and will they adequately safeguard members of the self-employed Bar, lower paid employees and workers in the gig economy and see sets of Chambers through the crisis? Doughty Street’s employment law team is available to advise on any employment issues that may arise in relation to employment status, sham self-employment agreements and the government’s financial assistance packages in the wake of Covid-19.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 10th April 2020

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Sharing or Caring? The Delineation of UK Parental Rights – Oxford Human Rights Hub

‘Following the Supreme Court’s refusal to permit an appeal in Chief Constable of Leicestershire v Hextall, the Court of Appeal’s earlier judgment remains binding. In a case which brings the paradoxes inherent in the UK’s system of workplace parental rights into sharp focus, the Court held that it is not discriminatory to pay a man on shared parental leave (SPL) less than an enhanced rate of maternity pay paid to a woman on maternity leave (ML).’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 7th April 2020

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Covid-19: Pay for working parents forced to look after their children – Cloisters

Posted April 3rd, 2020 in chambers articles, children, coronavirus, employment, families, news, remuneration by sally

‘Employers are making difficult choices at this time in situations which have never affected their workplaces before. Employment lawyers are having to advise in a context where the landscape is changing day by day. As fresh guidance is issued and new headlines emerge, the next legal queries evolve.’

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Cloisters, 27th March 2020

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Covid-19: Furlough and job retention: Key issues for Employment Lawyers – Cloisters

Posted April 3rd, 2020 in chambers articles, coronavirus, employment, news, redundancy, remuneration by sally

‘Employers are making difficult choices at this time in situations which have never affected their workplaces before. As fresh guidance is issued and new headlines emerge, the next legal queries evolve.’

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Cloisters, 30th March 2020

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