The UK Government has, in keeping with past practice, used the arrival of the bank holiday weekend to update the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. It has now published a second iteration of the Treasury Direction, which we have reviewed.

To read our commentary on the updated Direction, please visit MayerBrown.com.

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Following our recent update on Life in the Time of Corona, Part 3: Handling Collective Consultation in the UK, we have produced a practical checklist that highlights the steps that employers should consider when handling collective consultations in the UK during these challenging times, particularly when staff are working remotely.

To download the checklist,

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

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.

To read the full update, please visit MayerBrown.com.

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Over the last week, the Department of Labor, together with the Treasury Department, released several key pieces of guidance temporarily relieving deadlines for participants and beneficiaries in health, disability, other welfare and pension plans, and liberalizing enforcement policies and deadlines applicable to plans and plan sponsors.  The guidance is likely to be welcome relief for

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

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