The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was introduced back in March 2020, just days before the UK went into a national lockdown. Whilst, initially, it was only due to last for a few months, it has been extended a number of times whilst the pandemic has continued.
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The Home Office has announced that the temporary changes to right to work checks will be further extended until 5 April 2022.
In Scotland, the current position is to remain working from home where possible. Notwithstanding this, employers would be wise to start thinking about what returning to the office might look like, because tied up within that, will be a whole raft of factors to consider.
There is a renewed push by the Scottish Government to provide financial support to landowners and land managers who are undertaking peatland restoration projects on their land. This is due to the crucial role restoring degraded peatland will play in Scotland’s drive to be net-zero by 2045 at the latest.
The prospect of vaccinations for young people (citizens under the age of 16) is likely to be one of the most controversial potential battlegrounds yet. Should the vaccination programme be rolled out to the under 16’s then parental consent becomes a live issue.