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 Furlough amnesty Since the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the ‘Furlough Scheme’) launched in April, it has paid out in excess of £35 billion to UK employers to cover a proportion of salaries of furloughed staff.
COVID-19 Possible extension of notice period for eviction of commercial tenants The Scottish Government is currently considering whether to keep the 14-week notice period for the eviction of tenants under a commercial lease until March 2021.
Employment Dates for your diary: Furlough and collective redundancies – the clock is ticking! With the UK Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme due to end on 31 October 2020, businesses relying on the scheme to pay wages may now have to consider making redundancies.
Food & Drink Zero Waste Week – Don't cry over spoilt beer Industrial beer waste is expected to rise considerably as a result of COVID-19. As we celebrate Zero Waste Week, we focus on steps the brewing industry can take, and have taken, to reduce waste.
COVID-19 More difficult decisions: Don't let time run out for collective consultation With furlough fast approaching its final curtain, the next step for many struggling businesses may be redundancies and, depending on the level of redundancies required, collective consultation obligations may apply.