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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP | United Kingdom | 28 May 2020

COVID-19: People: Post-lockdown issues for employers (UK)

On 11 May 2020 the UK Government published its roadmap for coming out of lockdown, providing for a (conditional) phased return of schools and…
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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP | United Kingdom | 23 May 2020

Further Treasury Direction makes changes to CJRS legal framework (UK, COVID-19)

On Friday 22 May 2020 the Treasury published a further Direction (dated 20 May) modifying the legal framework for the Coronavirus Job Retention…
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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP | United Kingdom | 7 May 2020

High Court finds in favour of novel duty of care on employers (or quasi-employers) to protect against economic loss by providing an “ethically safe” work environment

In a recent decision, the High Court has awarded a former partner of Ernst & Young (EY) damages exceeding $11 million, broadly equating to past and…
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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP | United Kingdom | 1 May 2020

Covid-19: people: job retention scheme (UK)

HMRC announced a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("CJRS") on 20 March 2020 and on 20 April the CJRS went live. The CJRS sets out the terms on which…
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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP | United Kingdom | 30 Apr 2020

UK COVID-19: updated HMRC guidance (30 April): TUPE coverage and other changes

HMRC has this afternoon published updated versions of its guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. An important change is to eligibility for…
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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP | United Kingdom | 20 Apr 2020

COVID-19 Briefing: People- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

HMRC announced a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("CJRS") on 20 March 2020 and today the CJRS has gone live. Guidance published on 26 March has been…
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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP | United Kingdom | 16 Apr 2020

COVID-19: People: Key issues for UK employers (UK)

The COVID-19 outbreak is clearly a matter of major concern for employers given the impact on their staff and business. At the start of the outbreak…
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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP | United Kingdom | 16 Apr 2020

UK: Treasury Direction sets out legal framework for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

On 15 April the Treasury issued a Direction to HMRC pursuant to powers conferred by the Coronavirus Act 2020, requiring it to make payments under the…
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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP | United Kingdom | 15 Apr 2020

UK: 15 April update to CJRS Guidance changes qualification date for furlough

HMRC has today published a fourth update to its guidance for employers on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Claims under the scheme will now be…
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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP | United Kingdom | 10 Apr 2020

UK: further update to HMRC guidance on Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

HMRC published an update to its guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme yesterday evening (9 April). The changes do not include any text…
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