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COVID-19 | Roadmap Out of Lockdown | Rosenblatt’s Financial Crime Team

As we see further easing of Covid restrictions across the UK on 29 March 2021 we consider the next stages of the Prime Minister’s roadmap which sees us living without restrictions from 21 June 2021. COVID-19 Update | Rosenblatt’s Financial Crime Team Covid restrictions in the UK started loosening on 8 March 2021 when the UK saw its school children […]

COVID-19 | £5,000 Fine for Foreign Holidays | Rosenblatt’s Financial Crime Team

On 23 March 2021, the Government announced new legislation on COVID-19 restrictions which would include a ban on leaving the UK without a reasonable excuse – with a hefty fine issued to those breaking the rules. COVID-19 Update | Rosenblatt’s Financial Crime Team MP’s vote on the legislation titled the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps)(England) Regulations 2021 on Thursday 25 […]

Workers to Be Protected Against ‘Health and Safety Detriment’

Employers are bound by the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Regulations Act 1974 to protect the health, safety and welfare of employees and workers. This means that workers have the right to a safe working environment. However, there is currently no protection for workers (as opposed to employees) that refuse to attend the workplace because they have […]

Budget 2021 – Extended furlough scheme and more key points for employers

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has set out in his Budget announcement to the House of Commons the Government’s ‘Three Part Plan’ to protect jobs and livelihoods. In this article, Michelle Chance (Partner) and Choy Lau (Senior Associate) set out the key take away points for employers: Extension of the Furlough Scheme It has been confirmed that the furlough scheme will […]

COVID-19 | Quarantine hotels and travel

On 15th February the government published The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (England) (Amendment) (No. 7) Regulations 2021 setting out rules for the quarantine of international arrivals to England from certain countries. What are the key restrictions? | Rosenblatt’s Financial Crime Team A summary of the key provisions of the regulations is provided below. People allowed to enter England who […]

Michelle Chance, Employment Partner and ICAEW work together on an article ”Tackling the effects of long COVID in the workplace”

Employers are increasingly having to assess employees diagnosed with ‘long COVID’ to determine if they are classed as disabled for employment law purposes and make reasonable adjustments to assist those suffering from the condition. Read the full article below: https://www.icaew.com/insights/viewpoints-on-the-news/2021/feb-2021/tackling-the-effects-of-long-covid-in-the-workplace

Has COVID made post-termination restrictions harder to enforce?

As we approach the one-year anniversary of COVID restrictions first being introduced in the UK, we consider what effect the furlough scheme may have on the enforceability of post-termination restrictions (“PTR’s”.) Post-termination restrictions, sometimes called restrictive covenants are often contained in employment contracts as a mechanism for employers to protect their business against employees leaving and taking competitive action against […]

Domestic Abuse: Warning Signs Employers Should Be Aware of And How They Can Support Employees Who Are Victims of Domestic Abuse

During the first national lockdown Refuge, the charity which runs the National Domestic Abuse helpline, reported around a 65% increase in calls and a 700% increase in the number of visits to its Helpline website [1]. In an open letter to Employers published on 14 January 2021, Business Minister Paul Scully MP stated that recent reports suggest that this increase […]

Furlough (“CJRS”) Extended Until 30 April 2021

On 25 January 2021, the Chancellor of the Exchequer issued a new Treasury Direction extending and amending the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”). The Direction extends the scheme until 30 April 2021 and makes no changes to the amounts employers can claim for under the CJRS between February – April 2021. It continues to be the case that employers can […]

Working with COVID restrictions

As we start 2021, we find ourselves in a third national lockdown due to the increasing rates of infection of COVID-19. Many businesses will be in the position of the majority of their staff working from home, with only essential staff attending the workplace. In this article we recap on a few key employment and data protection issues that may […]