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Employment

All Wellbeing and Good?

The incessant bombardment of news related to Covid-19, mostly bearing heavy messages of death, infection rates and strain on the NHS is affecting most of us. How can we not be affected by the constant round of daily stats and latest notification of job losses making staff even more anxious over their own job security?

Employment

Jab or Job? – The legal position with compulsory vaccinations

With the positive news of various vaccine’s now approved by the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the prospect of finally managing Covid-19 to a point where we can return to a “normal”, lockdown free existence seems within reach. Unfortunately, along with this long-overdue series of vaccine good news stories we’ve also had an unsettling trend of communities casting doubt on the efficacy of the treatment and suggesting, when offered they would refuse the injection.

Employment

Home Working Tips – Tackling a Cluttered Workspace?

We often kid ourselves that we are an organised person, we may admit that OK, we can be  a little messy now and again, but life right now is messy, right? Anyone who’s working from home and possibly sharing their workspace with a partner or other family members, perhaps home-schooling too, is going to face the dilemma of dealing with clutter.  That’s a fact.

Employment

Working during school closures

On Monday 4 January 2021, the Prime Minister announced that schools and colleges are to be closed to most pupils until at least half term in February. This last-minute change has, understandably, worried parents and employers.

Residential Property

Lockdown 3.0 – what does it mean for the property market?

In what now feels like the proverbial Groundhog Day, at 8pm on 4 January 2021, the UK was moved into its third National Lockdown. Echoing the announcement made at the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the Prime Minister yawped his now familiar slogan instructing the nation to 'stay at home'.

Family Law

Lockdown 3.0 – How does this impact childcare arrangements?

England will return to many of the toughest restrictions imposed in March last year as the new variant of coronavirus spreads rapidly across the country. Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced last night that England will be placed under a third national lockdown. The new restrictions will become law on Wednesday and are expected to last until mid-February.

Employment

Tiers, Tinsel and Teams – Company Christmas Party in 2020

With 2020 proving to be one of the most testing and stressful years most can recall, employers are looking to the works end of year party as an overdue opportunity to thank staff and allow them time to let off some steam.

Employment

Virtual Liability – Running a Successful “Online” Christmas Party

One common misconception is that a works event held away from the office or outside normal working hours, removes your organisations liability from any incidents that might occur.  That’s simply not true.

Family Law

Can I start a divorce during lockdown?

The first lockdown was difficult for many couples. Not having the opportunity to spend time away from each other, juggling home-schooling with homeworking plus financial and health worries put an extraordinary strain on many marriages. This has left many couples wondering whether their relationship has sufficient immunity to survive another lockdown.

Employment

Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) as announced on 5 November 2020

The Chancellor has extended the extended furlough scheme which will now remain in force until 31 March 2021 and will be reviewed in January. Individuals on furlough, whether full-time furlough or flexible furlough receive 80% of wages capped at £2,500. The pay cap is proportionate to hours not worked so if you are absent four days out of five the cap is £2,000, three days out of five £1,500.

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