MacRoberts and coronavirus – Supporting You, Your Families & Your Businesses
The coronavirus pandemic continues to cause economic uncertainty across all areas of business and for individual families. As we gradually emerge from lockdown into a 'new normal', the full economic impact of the virus has yet to be realised. The furlough scheme is now winding down and, as businesses are starting to get back to the workplace under social distancing restrictions, we are now looking ahead to what the next weeks, months and perhaps even years may look like.
During the pandemic, MacRoberts has continued to provide our clients with expert legal advice as they navigate the challenges posed by the coronavirus. Our lawyers have frequently issued legal updates on the key issues businesses should be aware of, and you will find all of that information below. We have also produced a number of short webinars and podcasts on frequent updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme through our MacRoberts Live Bitesized series, available here.
As businesses get 'back to work', the Scottish and UK Governments are frequently issuing new and updated guidance on how the country should navigate the effects of the coronavirus. As has been the case throughout this period, MacRoberts continues to monitor Government guidance closely and our lawyers are here to support you, your businesses and your families through these uncertain times. Please do not hesitate to contact me personally or any member of the MacRoberts team – we are here for you.
On behalf of everyone at MacRoberts, we wish you all the very best and look forward to seeing you again.
Employment Return to Work and new Acas Guidance on Hybrid Working In advance of Scotland’s ‘Freedom Day’ on 9 August 2021, which is when certain Covid-19 restrictions are due to be scrapped and we move beyond level zero, Acas has published helpful new guidance for employers on flexible and hybrid working.
Transport Lorry driver shortages in the UK: Relaxation of working hours set to be implemented It is well known that one of the areas hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit has been transport and the haulage of goods to and from the UK, and the result is that this sector has seen a severe shortage of lorry drivers.
COVID-19 COVID-19: Irritancy Restrictions set to be extended further – but there are still options for Landlords We reported here that the Scottish Government is set to further extend the 14 week irritancy period to 31 March 2022 and potentially beyond.
COVID-19 Coronavirus: Statutory Demand Restrictions to be Extended Further The Corporate Insolvency & Governance Act 2020 came into force on 26 June 2020 to support businesses affected by COVID-19. One of the main provisions was in relation to statutory demands and winding up petitions.
COVID-19 Coronavirus: Irritancy Restrictions to be Extended Further Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, tenants under a commercial lease could be evicted for non-payment of rent on as little as 14 days’ notice using irritancy provisions.