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COVID-19: New health and safety guidance for employers and businesses

On 22 February 2021, the UK Government published its original "Roadmap out of Lockdown" for England, which was initially due to see a "cautious but irreversible" lifting of all legal limits on social contact by 21 June (if certain strict conditions were met) (the "Roadmap"). Following a delay in the introduction of Step 4, from 19 July the majority of remaining COVID-19 restrictions in England have been lifted, including no longer instructing people to work from home wherever possible. Step 4 has, however, coincided with an increase in the prevalence of the COVID-19 'Delta' variant across the UK, leading to increasing numbers of infections and cases of individuals being required to self-isolate.

Covid Rent Arrears – will the Government's latest proposals work?

On 16 June, the UK Government announced that the existing moratorium on landlords exercising forfeiture for non-payment of rents would be extended to March 2022. At the same time, they announced an extension to the end of September 2021 of the current restriction against the use of statutory demands and/or winding up petitions in respect of arrears of rent, unless those arrears were not as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Furlough extension - how does it work?

On 3 March 2021, the Government announced a further extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the Scheme). The Scheme, which was due to close on 30 April 2021, has been extended until 30 September 2021. However, the level of the Government subsidy will taper between July and September as the Scheme winds down. 

COVID-19 losses – will business interruption insurers be ordered to pay? (Part 2)

Following mixed results for policyholders and insurers as a result of the High Court's judgment in the FCA's Business Interruption Insurance Test Case (FCA v Arch Insurance & Ors [2020] EWHC 2448 (Comm)), the FCA has announced that the Supreme Court will hear the appeals of the FCA and 6 of the 8 Defendant Insurers against the High Court's judgment over a 4 day hearing, starting on 16 November 2020. 

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