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News, Articles & Events: April 2020

Last Updated: 12:15, 13th May 2020 On 29th April, it was announced that a third of all Coronavirus deaths in England and Wales are now happening in care homes. Office for National Statistics data showed there were 2,000 Coronavirus deaths in care homes in the week ending 17 April, which has doubled from the previous […]

In this article we discuss the implications of the Department for Transport’s recent ‘Notice to Proceed’ on HS2 Phase One, HS2’s four main civils contractors for Phase One, and what the future looks like for Phases 2a and 2b. Despite previous noises that the project may be abandoned or significantly cut back, signals now are […]

As the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, social distancing measures have caused increasing challenges for the personal representatives (PRs) of estates. As the situation develops, new measures are frequently being implemented by both the Court (HMCTS) and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to adapt their current processes during the pandemic. This article highlights some […]

Since our previous update the Coronavirus outbreak has been at the forefront of most minds. For specific planning news relating to the outbreak and the impacts on the planning system, please see our Coronavirus update published at the beginning of April, which is being updated regularly. However in March, away from the coronavirus outbreak, the […]

Welcome to our May Employment Law Update In this month’s bulletin, we highlight a new guide for employers on parental bereavement leave, an update on the Good Work Plan and amendments to the National Minimum Wage. There is also good news for employers, with an update on the Morrisons case relating to liability for a […]

Last updated, 16:30, 2 February 2021 As the COVID-19 pandemic began to take hold on the Country in early 2020, the HSE were quick to issue guidance which made it clear that, should a worker or other third party contract this disease in the workplace, then companies are under a legal duty to report this […]

We already know from HMRC that under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”) (see Coronavirus: Job Retention Scheme), the basis on which salary is based, is 80% of monthly salary up to a maximum of £2,500, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and pension contributions. There have been outstanding gaps in relation to how […]

Last updated 16:30pm, 1 July 2020 Business start-ups across the UK facing uncertain economic times due to Coronavirus (or COVID-19) have welcomed the Government’s announcement of a new £250 million ‘Future Fund’. This scheme is designed to help emerging businesses with convertible loans of between £125,000 to £5 million. Applications for the Future Fund are […]

Businesses are understandably concerned about the impact that Coronavirus will have on them. To combat this, the Freeths Employment Team in Sheffield are hosting a webinar via Zoom, to discuss the measures in place to support businesses. There will also be ample time dedicated to answering your questions, during this period of uncertainty. The webinar […]

The requirement under existing pensions legislation to consult on certain changes, such as reductions in the amount of contributions being made, applies to all employers who have at least 50 employees. Usually the minimum period for consultation must be 60 days, however the Pensions Regulator has now confirmed that of all of the following points […]

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