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Breathing Space Legislation - How does the Debt Respite Scheme affect Landlords?

William Bartley
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Will Bartley, Landlord & Tenant Executive, looks at the new Breathing Space Legislation. He provides an overview of the Debt Respite Scheme and discusses how the scheme affects landlords.

Should Flexible Working become a standard option for employees?

Paul Burton
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As the nation began returning to work after lockdown, there have been calls for employers to make flexible working a standard option for employees. Paul Burton, Head of Employment at Frettens, discusses the implications of flexible working for employees and employers.

Landlords - How to deal with rent arrears during the pandemic

William Bartley
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Rent arrears are a real concern for UK landlords they can have a significant impact on their ability to pay their mortgage and ongoing bills.

Landlord & tenant lawyer Will Bartley looks at landlords experiencing rent arrears during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Returning to work after lockdown

Paul Burton
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Paul Burton, Head of Frettens' specialist employment law team, looks at the opening up of the economy and the implications for employers as people return to work starting April 12th

Bailiff ban on evictions extended to May

William Bartley
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Will Bartley looks at the most recent eviction ban extension which was announced on March 10th 2021. He discusses what was announced and how it effects landlords and tenants in the UK.

Furlough Scheme extended until September

Paul Burton
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Paul Burton looks at the changes to furlough and what the extension means for employers and the self-employed. What was announced in the budget? Why has furlough been extended?

Is long covid a disability?

Chris Dobbs
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Employment & HR law specialist, Chris Dobbs looks at whether Long Covid should be treated as a disability in the workplace, and advises how employers should handle it.

Ban on Bailiff enforcement of eviction Orders extended to March

William Bartley
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Will Bartley looks at the latest extension to the ban of Bailiff enforcement of eviction which will run until March 31st, looking into substantial arrears and how they fit into the extension. As well as this, Will compiles the contrasting reactions to the eviction ban extension and gives his own specialist view.

No jab, no job. Can an employer require you to take the COVID vaccine?

Chris Dobbs
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Specialist solicitor, Chris Dobbs looks at vaccination in the workplace. Can an employer force staff to be vaccinated? Can an employee be dismissed if they refuse the COVID vaccine? What is vaccine discrimination? Is anti-vax a philosophical belief? 

School Closures: What If Employees Can't Work?

Chris Dobbs
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Chris Dobbs, solicitor in our specialist Employment & HR team, looks at the options for employers and employees when balancing working from home with childcare. Can workers be furloughed for childcare? What are the unpaid leave entitlements? 

Lockdown 3.0: Updated support for businesses

Chris Dobbs
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In response to the latest national lockdown, HM Treasury has announced an extension of several of the support schemes for businesses affected by the pandemic. Chris Dobbs provides an overview.

furlough scheme extended to end of April 2021

Paul Burton
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The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has just announced the furlough scheme is being extended until the end of April 2021, so an extra month on the previous announcement of the end of March 2021.

Review of Employment Law in 2020

Paul Burton
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Paul Burton provides a short update as to what has happened, as well as touching on some of the biggest issues facing us in coming months.

Handling COVID Redundancies

Paul Burton
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ACAS, TUC and CBI guidance on handling coronavirus redundancies ACAS has joined forces with the TUC and CBI to issue a statement on how best to handle redundancies stemming from the Covid pandemic. They recognise that redundancies may be unavoidable for...

Update on furlough, SEIS and Job Support Scheme - 5th November

Chris Dobbs
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Chancellor’s Statement to the House of Commons - 5th November 2020 UPDATE: The Chancellor announced changes to the furlough scheme on Thursday 17th December - the update can be read  here . Rishi Sunak has announced today that the...

The potential scale of furlough fraud

Paul Burton
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The potential scale of furlough fraud

The National Audit Office reports that almost 1 in 10 workers were asked to work while on furlough

What are the new support measures for workers and businesses in tier 2?

Chris Dobbs
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Big changes to the Coronavirus Job Support Scheme, which was part of his winter economic plan and replaces the furlough scheme in November, were announced today. Chris Dobbs provides an overview.

Can WhatsApp be monitored by an employer?

Chris Dobbs
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How and when can an employer monitor employees WhatsApp messages. Chris Dobbs looks at a recent case where an employer used whatsapp messages in a discuplinary procedure.

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