COVID-19 commercial and workplace issues
Key COVID-19 issues facing the corporate, commercial and employment sectors.
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The care sector is facing many challenges; a rising demand for services, high turnover rates, poor terms and conditions, and low pay, all largely stemming from a lack of public funding. These issues have been compounded by the pandemic straining the sector further. Vacancies in the adult social care sector hit 10% in March 2022, up from 5.9% in May 2021, and waiting lists for home care are at an all-time high.
In this report, Kennedys experts highlight key legal and regulatory developments, and provide an overview of 12 topics to watch under four main topic groups which insurers and corporates should consider as they plan for operational resilience in the new financial year.
The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) is responsible for investigating sudden and unexplained deaths in Scotland. From 21 May 2020, all COVID-19 or presumed COVID-19 deaths have been reported to the COPFS.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a global health and economic crisis with devastating effects. For many countries, the focus has shifted to economic recovery and growth. Integral to this is the safety of workers’ physical and mental health. In this article, we provide a cross-jurisdictional review of how COVID-19 risk will be regulated by criminal enforcement agencies in the UK, US and Australia.
Case review 07/12/2021
Many employers want to support the national public health effort to maximise vaccination uptake. However, the message is to proceed with some care and caution. On 3 December 2021, a five member bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) delivered its decision in CFMMEU v Mt Arthur Coal Pty Ltd  FWCFB 6059 (Decision). The decision speaks to mandatory vaccination policies and the importance of employee consultation.
A summary of recent developments in the employment sector, most of which have been triggered by COVID-19.
With the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme coming to an end on 30 September 2021, responsibility for staff salary costs will rest solely with employers once more and the UK Government will no longer make financial contributions towards the pay of employees on furlough.
Commercial recoveries and enforcement: how the change in UK enforcement rules may affect you and your business this autumn
The relaxation in restrictions that currently prevent companies from being wound up by creditors for non-payment of a debt (in certain circumstances), under emergency COVID-19 legislation, comes to an end on 30 September 2021.
The FCA test case is widely regarded as having resolved a plethora of issues in COVID-19 business interruption claims. Unsurprisingly, it did not resolve everything and certain issues were not tackled as part of or fully resolved by that case.
2020 was a year of significant upheaval and development in the employment sphere (not only from the COVID-19 perspective) and 2021 is proving no different with both substantive law reform and long-planned developments. As the pandemic unfolds and Australia races to counter lockdowns with vaccines, the latter part of 2021 promises further significant developments for employers, varying from COVID-19 relief measures, managing the return to the workplace and integrating new anti-discrimination protections.