Year: 2020

Update On The Impact Of Coronavirus On Employment

CORONAVIRUS JOB RETENTION SCHEME This was supposed to end on 31 October and be replaced by the Job Support Scheme, due to come into effect on 1 November. However, following the announcement of lockdown 2.0 the Government has decided to extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme [CJRS] until 1 December. Under the extended scheme employees …

Job Support Scheme from 1 November

To offer further and additional support to viable UK employers who face lower demand due to COVID-19, and to help retain their employees, the government will be introducing a new Job Support Scheme from 1 November 2020. Employees must work a minimum of 33% of their usual hours. For each hour that the employee does …

WiFi Wills – Beware of the headlines

One of the many challenges of ‘lockdown’ was the signing and witnessing of Wills. The rules for correctly signing Wills in England were set out in the Wills Act 1837 which, strangely enough, did not envisage the digital developments of our age (being more for the realms of science fiction). The Act clearly states that …

Charitable Legacies and Inheritance Tax Liability

The number of estates leaving charitable legacies fell from 37,637 to 33,120 between 2018 and 2019, the first decline in a decade, according to Smee & Ford’s Legacy Trends Report 2020. Reported total legacy income was GBP2.9 billion in the year, down from GBP3 billion in each of the previous two years. Charitable estates were …

The office re-think

In this brave new post Covid-19 world what was previously considered a beautiful office suite complete with glass conference room and an open floor plan is newly imbued with a sense of danger. It is quite likely we will see a return to partitioning, or glass perspex screens in the short term to make existing …

Carers Week 2020

Carers Week 2020 takes place this week (8 – 12 June) and is an annual campaign which aims to raise awareness of caring, recognise the contribution that unpaid carers make and highlight the challenges they may face. The aim this year is to Make Caring Visible. New research launched for this year’s Carer’s Week found …

Organ Donation Law is changing in England from 20 May 2020

The law relating to organ donation in England changes this week. From 20 May 2020, all adults in England will be considered to have agreed to be an organ and tissue donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or they are in one of the excluded groups. Excluded groups …

Covid-19 and the Return to Work

Many businesses are now or shortly to be re-opening following the latest guidance from the Government. Whilst the guidelines are there to be followed they do not replace the statutory obligations of an employer nor do they dilute the statutory protections of the employee. Section 100 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 [the ERA] protects …

Dying Matters Awareness Week #DyingToBeHeard

Dying Matters Awareness Week takes place 11 to 17 May. The purpose of the awareness week is to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda. This year’s theme is #DyingToBeHeard. Talking about death is never easy, but when someone wants to talk about death it’s important that …

Making decisions: Short-term alternatives to Lasting Powers of Attorney

When someone starts to find it difficult to make or execute decisions themselves, the natural thing to do is to reach for the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). Sadly, many people put off making LPAs – perhaps daunted by the prospect of ‘giving up control’ or because they refuse to contemplate that it may happen …

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