The Government has announced the launch of the NHS test and trace service across England. Workers who need to self-isolate are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for every day they are in isolation provided eligibility criteria is met.
The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on everyone’s lives, with cancelled weddings, holidays and celebrations. Our solicitors are receiving a high volume of calls from people worried about their rights and how to get their money back. The most common questions are:
Alarmingly, five out of the seven local authorities which have chosen to enact the Care Act 2014 easements granted by the Coronavirus Act 2020 are based in the midlands. Birmingham City Council, Coventry City Council, Solihull Council, Staffordshire County Council and Warwickshire County Council are five of the seven local authorities nationally who have opted to trigger the easements in their respective areas. During these unprecedented times, the British government have granted councils the choice to decide whether to use the relaxed powers granted by the Coronavirus Act 2020. These measures were implemented to assist local authorities with managing the pressures caused by COVID-19.
The Government’s launch of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”), to enable employers to furlough workers rather than make mass lay-offs and redundancies has no doubt given employers breathing space and saved jobs. It is however, becoming clear that many companies will need to consider restructuring to survive this economic crisis.
I recently wrote an article about the recent judgment handed down by Justice Hayden on 25 March 2020. This case addressed the issue of care and contact in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Note that this case was heard pre-lockdown and pre-dated the government guidance that all visits to care homes should be banned.
The Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson has issued a notice which modifies s42 of the Children and Families Act 2014 (“CFA2014”) from 1 May 2020 to 31 May 2020. This is justified by the Coronavirus Act 2020, which allows the relevant secretaries of state to temporarily alter or relax normal requirements under statute during the Covid-19 pandemic.