COVID-19 Updates

New legislation introduced to protect redundancy pay of furloughed workers

New legislation introduced to protect redundancy pay of furloughed workers

The Government has announced that from 31 July 2020 any furloughed worker that is made redundant will receive a payment based on their normal wage rather than the reduced rate of pay they may have received under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). Reports of a small number of employers taking advantage of the Coronavirus…

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July 30, 2020
Posted in covid-19

HM Revenue & Customs confirms first arrest in connection with furlough fraud

HM Revenue & Customs confirms first arrest in connection with furlough fraud

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has revealed that a 57-year-old man from Solihull in the West Midlands was arrested on 8 July on suspicion of a £495,000 furlough fraud relating to claims from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). HMRC says he is the first person to have been arrested in connection with fraudulent claims…

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July 16, 2020
Posted in covid-19

Coronavirus apprenticeships guidance updated

Coronavirus apprenticeships guidance updated

Updated guidance from the Department for Education on apprenticeships during the Coronavirus crisis has been published and contains a number of announcements relating to employment arrangements for apprentices. These updates include confirmation that: Apprentices aged 19 and older can begin to resume on-site training; Apprentices who are made redundant but continue their study element can…

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July 16, 2020
Posted in covid-19

Government publishes detailed guidance on SDLT holiday

Government publishes detailed guidance on SDLT holiday

During his Plan for Jobs announcement the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a temporary eight month cut in Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) that ensures there is not a charge on ‘any’ residential property transactions with a value under £500,000. The Government has achieved this by immediately lifting the lower SDLT nil rate band from £125,000…

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July 16, 2020
Posted in covid-19

England to make face coverings compulsory in shops

England to make face coverings compulsory in shops

From 24 July 2020 it will be a legal requirement to wear a face covering, such as a mask, in shops and supermarkets in England. The move will be enforced by the police via fines of up to £100, which will be reduced to £50 if the fine is paid within 14 days. The move…

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July 16, 2020
Posted in covid-19

Government to bring forward an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill

Government to bring forward an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill

The Government is bringing forward an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill inserting a new clause that would ensure that victims of domestic abuse are automatically eligible for access to special measures in family proceedings without the need for any determination of the victim’s vulnerability This includes a new clause  given the Court the power…

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July 1, 2020
Posted in covid-19, Family Law, Press Releases

Pensions and financial planning on divorce – the impact of COVID-19

Pensions and financial planning on divorce – the impact of COVID-19

OGR Stock Denton LLP would like to invite you to join our live webinar on Pensions and financial planning on divorce – the impact of COVID-19   4.30pm, Tuesday 14th July 2020  Zoom webinars This timely webinar considers the impact of the COVID-19 disruption on divorce settlements already reached, those that are being negotiated…

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July 1, 2020
Posted in covid-19, Events

Employers given 30 days to confess to furlough fraud

Employers given 30 days to confess to furlough fraud

Employers will be given 30 days to ‘confess’ to furlough abuses, with legislation being fast-tracked to allow HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to reclaim any furlough grant that is overpaid to employers, or that is not spent on wages as intended. More than 2000 employers have already been accused of furlough fraud by whistle-blowers, with…

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June 25, 2020
Posted in covid-19

Government publishes new ‘Covid Secure’ guidance

Government publishes new ‘Covid Secure’ guidance

The Government has published new ‘Covid Secure’ guidance following the announcement that businesses in England including pubs, bars, restaurants, hair salons, barbers, hotels and bed and breakfasts may reopen from 4 July 2020. The latest documents, prepared by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) with input from the devolved administrations in Wales,…

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June 25, 2020
Posted in covid-19

Download our Coronavirus support for business timeline

Download our Coronavirus support for business timeline

Since the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak in the UK, the Government has announced numerous schemes to support employers and businesses. Several of these schemes are winding down or changing in the coming months, so we have created a handy grid showing what support is available and the deadlines for accessing it. Contact us today…

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June 19, 2020
Posted in covid-19