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WHAT EMPLOYERS SHOULD KNOW

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase, both in the UK and globally, employers may be wondering what measures they should be taking and what rights their employees have.

Read our blog where we take a look at the most commonly asked questions.

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COVID-19: time to review your outsourced Managed Security Services arrangements

Even before the current pandemic, as enterprises have adopted techniques and practices such as digital transformation, cloud and mobility, they have faced an increased risk from a range of established and emerging cybersecurity threats, such phishing attacks which seek to introduce malware capable of compromising sensitive business information, ransomware and other fraud campaigns. The risk of huge fines under the GDPR means that cyber security has become a board-level issue, as well as a focus for regulators. Read more…

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HR BRIEF – WHAT DOES THE CORONAVIRUS JOB RETENTION SCHEME MEAN IN PRACTICE?

On Friday the government announced a never before seen scheme which will see it intervene in the employment relationship between employer and employee. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will see the government take on the obligation to pay part of employees’ salary where those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. Read more…

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Aviation Update: Common themes in times of crisis

The Aviation (Enforcement and Recovery) team has been advising clients on issues arising from the current crisis. Three main themes emerge from the current challenges in the airline sector:

1.) Airline insolvency risk.  A number of leasing companies have claims for unpaid rent and maintenance rent. These claims can be pursued by:

  • applying security deposits and enforcing other security; and/or
  • issuing proceedings in the High Court – which will effectively come to halt if the airline then goes into a formal insolvency process; and/or
  • Instigating insolvency proceedings against the airline; and/or
  • Exercising proprietary rights such as arresting and taking possession of the aircraft, with the assistance of a court order or injunction in the relevant location.

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COVID-19: casting a spotlight on Facilities Management outsourcing

At the time of writing, the UK is officially moving to the “delay” phase, with government advising that anyone with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature self-isolates for at least 7 days.

With the FM sector already facing some headwinds such as the fallout of Carillion and other high profile insolvencies, the prolonged uncertainty caused by Brexit, concerns that new immigration rules may lead to staff shortages, and the impact of IR35 on the contingent workforce, some of the main challenges and issues for the Facilities Management sector are summarised below: Read more…

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Coronavirus: What Should Employers Know?

As the number of COVID-19 cases globally and in the UK continues to increase, employers may be wondering what measures they should be taking and what rights their employees have. A number of workplace related issues have been reported in the media, and just today there have been reports that HSBC have had to send employees home from their head office due to an employee testing positive for the disease.

So what measures should employers be taking, and what rights do employees have? Here we look at some commonly asked questions.

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Covid-19: impact on contractual obligations in the travel industry supply chain

In last month’s article we looked at what obligations travel providers have to their customers in the event their holidays are affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. In this article, we will take a look at how the Coronavirus can impact B2B contracts in the travel sector; specifically, the contractual and legal issues arising in English law as a result of businesses in affected countries having to suspend, or even cancel, their operations.

Performing your contractual obligations: the English law position

The travel industry is a service-driven sector, and is reliant on a web of supply and demand relationships which will all be underpinned by contracts. The basic position under English law is that contractual obligations are absolute; this means a party must comply with its obligations regardless of the circumstances, and failure to do so may mean that party is liable to the other for breach of contract. However, in extreme circumstances, there are some exceptions to this rule. Read more…

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Coronavirus and UK Immigration

As of 11 March 2020 there have been over 118,000 confirmed Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases and in excess of 4,000 deaths reported globally [1] . 113 countries and territories are affected with the numbers growing daily. The whole of Italy is now on lockdown, President Trump has announced the suspension of all travel from Europe (excluding the UK) into the US with effect from Friday at midnight and, if media reports are to be believed, it will likely not be too long before other countries, possibly even the UK, follow with similar measures. Read more…

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Lawyers: Don’t Let Coronavirus Stop You from Collaborating – Here’s How

As travel restrictions increase, and law firms begin to close their offices and reduce their client meetings, it’s time to get creative about the ways in which we keep in touch. “Collaboration” sounds like the sort of thing that requires you to be in the same room to achieve, but in fact, you can use content collaboration as a way to build relationships with clients, potential clients, and others all while remaining in your office (home or otherwise).

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Lawyers: Networking During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Coronavirus.

The hot topic on everyone’s mind at the moment (unless you’re in the US and then it’s pretty evenly split between politics and germs). I almost hate to join the fray and discuss it, but with so many events being cancelled, and travel restrictions being enacted, I wanted to add some suggestions for how to continue networking during this time, so that you don’t lose momentum on your relationship building efforts.

For some of us, travel and events still move forward. Travel guidance varies – it depends on your destination and the size of the gathering. Common sense and good hygiene are essential, and for our group, we’ll be instituting what we’re fondly referring to as “Operation Fist Bump” at our upcoming Annual Conference (which may be further downgraded to “Operation Wave Hello.”

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