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Samuel Phillips Law Blog

Month: March 2020

Employment

Can’t Work, Won’t Work – What to do

The Government ordered lots of workplaces (e.g. pubs, cafes non-essential shops) to close over the last couple of weeks but some remain open for business. For those that businesses that haven’t been ordered to close, those employees who can work from home; must do so and employers are under an obligation to set them up so they can work from home.

Employment

Redundancy Appeals and New Starters

Many employers rushed to make redundancies when businesses were first ordered to close down at the start of the Coronavirus pandemic in the UK. Redundancy is a fair reason for dismissal if it is handled fairly.  Fair process includes consultation, the duty to consider suitable alternative employment (if any) and the payment of a Statutory Redundancy Payment. If the redundancy was unfair employees firstly need to contact ACAS’s Early Conciliation service and if the claim cannot be settled that way then a claim can be issued online in the Employment Tribunal.

Employment

Coronavirus Scheme for the Self Employed

On 26 March 2020 Rashi Sunak announced support for the self employed; namely a taxable grant of 80% of average earnings calculated over the last three years up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.  It is available for those with trading profits of up to £50,000 per annum and whose majority of income is from self employment.

Employment

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for Furloughed Workers

The scheme applies to employees who have been furloughed meaning that they have been put on a period of leave during which they are not required to work.  The employer must agree with the employee that they will be placed on temporary leave (furlough leave) and this then allows the employer to recover 80% of the employee’s wage costs or £2,500 per calendar month whichever is lower.

Employment

Coronavirus Act 2020 – Changes to Statutory Sick Pay

The Coronavirus Act 2020 received Royal Assent yesterday 25 March 2020.  It confirms some of the announcements that were made last week regarding payment of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) in relation to Coronavirus.  The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) Regulations 2020 came into force on 13 March 2020 and amended the SSP rules such that those who self isolate are deemed incapable of work for the purposes of claiming SSP.

Employment

To close or not to close?

Some businesses have been ordered by HM Government to close, e.g. pubs, clubs, restaurants, leisure facilities. Some have been permitted to stay open supermarkets, petrol stations, chemists etc, but may have elected to close anyway on an individual basis.

Residential Property

Residential Property at Samuel Phillips Law during COVID-19 Crisis

Our residential department is now working and functioning remotely from the office so clients and referrers please feel reassured that it is business as usual.  Whilst some people may be cautious about proceeding with their transaction during the state of lock down, there are many for whom it is crucial as they need a safe home or they may be currently living with elderly parents and do not wish to put them at any risk. 

Wills, Probate & Trust

Helping the vulnerable self-isolate – the role of the financial attorney

We are living in worrying times. For many of us, our major concern is not for our own health, but for the health of our loved ones, particularly the elderly or those with underlying health issues. When faced with so much uncertainty and worry it can be reassuring and comforting to know that there is a practical way for us to be of use to those we love.

Wills, Probate & Trust

How to make a Will and observe social distancing

All of the uncertainty as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic is making people worry about all sorts of things. It is unsurprising that one of these is their Will. Our Wills, Probate and Trusts team have thought carefully about this and have developed solutions which ensure that you will still get the same excellent service, tailored advice and protection from Samuel Phillips Law, whilst also maintaining social distancing and complying with the latest government guidance.

Family Law

Co-Parenting During Coronavirus

The Coronavirus pandemic is creating special challenges for all of us, not least separated parents. Co-parenting children when separated is not without its challenges at the best times. With schools now closed and social distancing strongly encouraged, as family lawyers, we are increasingly being asked for advice on how to manage shared care arrangements.

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