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The law never stands still, and the way it applies to you and your organisation is constantly evolving. Our people are on top of these developments and can keep you up to date with some of the most interesting aspects of these changes. Check out our articles and updates for our perspective on issues that might affect you.

Latest Coronavirus advice articles

  • Checking an employee's right to work – getting ready for post-lockdown recruitment

    Checking an employee's right to work – getting ready for post-lockdown recruitment

    At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Home Office implemented temporary adjustments allowing for different means to confirm an employee's right to work in the UK. These are due to end this summer, and with Brexit, where the employment of an individual takes place and that person does not have permission to work in the UK, fines of up to £20,000 per illegal worker can easily occur.

  • What is the Recovery Loan Scheme?

    What is the Recovery Loan Scheme?

    The Recovery Loan Scheme ("RLS") launched on 6th April 2021 and replaced the preceding government-backed loan schemes (Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme ("CBILS"), the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme ("CLBILS") and the Bounce Back Loan Scheme ("BBLS"))

  • ACAS publishes new guidance on dealing with "long COVID"

    ACAS publishes new guidance on dealing with "long COVID"

    For some time now, the NHS have recognised that contracting coronavirus ("COVID-19") can not only have an immediate impact on an individual's life and general well-being, but that the infection can also have long-term effects for some (commonly referred to as "long COVID", "post-COVID-19 syndrome", or "long-tail COVID").

  • Coronavirus: protection from termination of commercial leases in Scotland - update

    Coronavirus: protection from termination of commercial leases in Scotland - update

    Protections for commercial tenants that were introduced by the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act have been further extended to 30 September 2021.  The Act protects commercial tenants who lease property in Scotland from termination for non-payment of rent by extending the usual pre-irritancy notice period set out in the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1985 from 14 days to 14 weeks.

  • Asking visitors to leave no trace … other than contact details

    Asking visitors to leave no trace … other than contact details

    As travel restrictions ease and tourism hospitality and retail sectors gradually open up again,  businesses and local communities across Scotland are grappling with numerous challenges - from anticipating demand, staffing and supply chain issues to managing social distancing and contact tracing requirements.