Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Updated Guidance for Employers (29th April 2020)

As the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme online portal is now live, we have produced the below guide to assist employers with making claims for furloughed employees. We have also summarised the government’s guidance with regards to reclaiming statutory sick pay paid to employees as a result of Coronavirus and the interplay between annual leave and furlough leave.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – How to make a claim

Before making a claim via the online portal it is important to take note of the following points:

Helping SMEs to Get The Cash and Support They Need to Survive

Berry Smith are members of the UK200Group, a UK wide network of lawyers and accountancy firms, representing around 150,000 SME businesses nationally.

During April the UK200Group has been asking small businesses across the UK to share information about how their business was faring before the lockdown, what has happened since and outlook for the future. 

As an Employer, What Changes Should I Have Made as of 6th April 2020?

April 2020 has been an important month for both employers and us as employment lawyers, with a number of changes to the law being implemented.

This article is intended to be used as a checklist for employers to ensure that they have complied with their new legal requirements. 

Written statement of key terms/employment particulars

Post-Furlough, Do You Have An Exit Plan?

HM Treasury has announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the “Scheme”) has been extended to the end of June 2020. There is no doubt that the Scheme has been a life line for many employers. However, organisations will need to start planning for their post-furlough future and will need to establish whether their pre-crisis structure and employment costs will be sustainable when government subsidies come to an end or are reduced.

Coronavirus: Insurance Cover for Business Losses

The Covid-19 pandemic has presented a multitude of challenges for business including significant disruptions to supply chains and a potential loss of custom which, of course, will lead to an unfortunate loss of revenue.

As a result, businesses are questioning whether such losses will be covered by their insurers.

Dan Dowen, Commercial Contracts Associate Solicitor, considers the insurance cover that may be available for businesses, from a commercial and legal perspective.

Coronavirus: Protection Against Supply Chain Disruptions

Following the Prime Minister’s official statement declaring a lockdown in the UK, it is now clear to see how the Coronavirus crisis will severely impact the British economy, however, the full extent is still unknown.

It is therefore imperative that businesses take the initiative to address the various risks posed to their business arrangements in order to safeguard against any potential or further losses.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Updated Guidance (7 April 2020)

Following our articles regarding the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“the Scheme”) posted last week, the Government has since published some further information regarding the Scheme over the weekend. We have summarised it and set out below the key points.

Whilst on furlough leave, can an employee start a new job?

Cash Collection in the Construction Sector during COVID-19

As the restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic impact on construction sites across the country, an ever increasing number of contractors are taking the decision to cease construction work temporarily.

As a result, the construction team at Berry Smith are receiving a high volume of enquiries from contractors and sub-contractors seeking to unlock cash from construction contracts and retentions in these uncertain times.

We are successfully working with contractors to:

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