As one of the sadder consequences of the Coronavirus pandemic, most employers are going to have to look closely at whether or not to make significant job cuts to their current headcount. While some employers may view this as an opportunity to recruit and acquire staff either generally or in particular areas, most employers are

After several weeks of quasi-lockdown in Germany and immense public pressure to lift limitations imposed by COVID-19, more and more companies are starting to resume their activities. For some, this means increasing the number of employees who can again come in and work from a company office, rather than from their homes. For others, it

As the world continues to grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are increasingly facing uncertainty over employment-related questions. Mayer Brown partners Marcia Goodman and Yoshihide Ito spoke in a webinar presentation sponsored by the TOP Group focusing on HR legal and practical issues arising from COVID-19.

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The latest guidance from BEIS, published 13 May, confirms how holiday entitlement and holiday pay is to work during the Coronavirus pandemic. The Guidance Note, which is informative in some areas but makes a number of quite odd suggestions in others, is simply guidance. An employee’s statutory rights for holiday leave and holiday pay are

This update follows on from the Article we recently published on the many areas of planning that UK employers could usefully carry out in preparation for a return to work. We now have had the announcement from the Prime Minister on Sunday, May 10, 2020, and the advisory document, “New Guidance Launched to help

Contrary to the fears of many commentators, we have had news of an extension to the UK Government’s Furlough Scheme. Our latest update looks at the recent announcement from May 12, 2020, and the details we are awaiting.

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We now have a further updated the Guidance Note from HMRC. On April 30, 2020, the Government produced some new guidance on the Furlough Scheme. Contrary to some of the previous guidance updates, these are broadly helpful in clarifying some areas of uncertainty.

We have written a short report on the changes, which is available

Several months after the COVID-19 crisis ends, a company is being sued in federal court. While the company was on full-time telework during the crisis, its employees communicated with each other, customers, and suppliers not only through company-issued email and cell phones but via social media, using a patchwork collection of text and video messaging

In the fifth round of updates from GOV.UK to the UK Furlough Scheme, both the Employee Guidance Note, “Check if your Employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme,” and the Employer Guidance Note, “Check if you can claim for your Employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme,” were updated on 23 April 2020.

The UK Government has relaxed the Working Time Regulations 1998 (“WTR“) on carrying over untaken annual leave due to the effects of COVID-19. Under the Amendment Regulations, workers will now be able to carry over untaken annual leave into the next two leave years where they have been unable to take it due