The coronavirus is presenting significant operational and commercial challenges to every business. Every company will face challenges and difficult decisions. In addition to making our own preparations to ensure the continuity of our business, we have also been preparing our teams to ensure we are ready to apply our expertise to support our clients however and wherever that may be needed. Read the latest Insights from our team below.
The Government has released more details on the new Rent Relief Policy for tenancies impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) - but where does that leave landlords and tenants?
On the 2nd April, the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) issued a brief consultation. This proposed a range of targeted measures designed as a stop-gap to quickly support borrowers of certain consumer credit products who are facing a financial impact because of the exceptional circumstances arising from coronavirus.
The official declaration of an epidemic in Poland, as well as the rapidly growing number of people infected with the COVID-19, commonly known in Poland and worldwide as the coronavirus, has in recent weeks significantly hindered the implementation of contractual obligations.
Some good news for larger retailers who had been concerned that the new business rates relief measure announced to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus lockdown may have been subject to a €800,000 cap.
The act amending the Act on special solutions for preventing and counteracting and combating COVID-19, other infectious diseases and related crisis situations and certain other acts ("the Act") became effective on 31 March 2020.
This article covers some of the key staffing issues facing care home providers during the current pandemic, from managing individual staff illness, to meeting the new demand for care provision in a way that ensures residents' needs are met in compliance with regulations.
Modern awards covering the industries that were hit the hardest were the first to see urgent temporary provisions inserted to address the current pandemic. Our team in Australia look at the latest changes to the Restaurant Industry Award 2010.
The evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation means that employers in Australia and across the world are now navigating an ever changing landscape of issues for their businesses. From a workers' compensation perspective, employers should be alive to the risks associated with this dynamic situation.
The Government has launched the Small Business Grant Fund ("SBGF") and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund ("RHLGF") which shall make grant awards to eligible businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These FAQs have been designed to assist Local Authorities administering the SBGF and RHLGF programmes as well as eligible businesses receiving such funds.
Our team assess the impact of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 and issues for landlord and tenants in Scotland against the background of many tenants ceasing to continue rent payments following compulsory closure of shops and other business on account of COVID-19.
Yesterday, new government guidance was issued for care home admissions during the COVID-19 outbreak. The care sector will be expected to play a vital role in accepting patients from hospitals during this pandemic, ensuring hospitals have enough beds to treat acutely sick patients.
In connection with the announcement on the state of the epidemic as from March 21 and the publication of a new regulation of the Minister of Health on this matter, the group of tenants covered by a temporary ban on conducting operations in commercial facilities with a commercial area of more than 2,000 square meters has been significantly expanded since March 21.
We would like to bring to your attention the issue of the mandatory registration of the ultimate beneficial owner (UBO). The former statutory register date was April 13, 2020, however this deadline will most likely be extended until July 1, 2020.
The COVID-19 virus has dislocated every aspect of normal social, family and business life. There are no precedents. There is no guide as to how we should respond. The situation is fast-moving and extremely concerning. For insurers the challenges are enormous. Every class of business is affected.
As a result of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Italian Legislator adopted several measures to contain the epidemic suspending the majority of activities (exception of those considered essential, which may continue in compliance with certain specific measures to contain the epidemic).
The UK Government has stated that contracting authorities must now take measures to ensure that suppliers at risk are in a position to resume normal contract delivery once the COVID-19 outbreak is over. The Government has issued PPN 02/20 which provides guidance on how public bodies should deal with their existing contractual arrangements so as to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.
Two newly approved UK State aid schemes comprising the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme will allow the UK Government to provide loan guarantees for and direct grants to support SMEs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On 24 March, the Fair Work Commission approved unprecedented interim changes to the Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010, with similar provisions expected to be rolled out in many other modern awards as employers grapple with the ever changing landscape of the Australian economy.
In order to deal with the emergency situation resulting from the spread of the so-called "coronavirus", the "Cura Italia Decree" (Law Decree no. 17 of 16 March 2020) has introduced some measures with an important impact on the credit system, supporting businesses and families.
In a joint statement, Minister for Women & Equalities, Liz Truss, and EHRC Chair, David Isaac, said: “We recognise that employers across the country are facing unprecedented uncertainty and pressure at this time. Because of this we feel it is only right to suspend enforcement of gender pay gap reporting this year.”
Confirmation that the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme is available to SEIS/EIS investee companies and a summary of the grants and reliefs made available by the Government as a result of COVID-19 that could be utilised by such companies. Accurate as of 24/03/20,
The outbreak of COVID-19 has required some lateral thinking and application of common sense to the approach to planning rules, such as temporary rights to changes of use for pubs and restaurants, relaxations in delivery times and changes to the Planning Inspectorate's approach to appeals.
The ASA published its regulatory approach in the context of COVID-19; Katharine Mason, Director in our Regulatory, Compliance and Investigations team spent a weekend absorbing ads and considering what steps advertisers need to take to remain responsible
The impact of COVID-19 has been particularly challenging for employers with expatriates working overseas. A number of employers are facing difficulty in repatriating employees who may have been temporarily situated in certain jurisdictions and are now unable to return to their usual location of work.
With resolution dated 20 March 2020, the Bank of Italy has introduced a package of extraordinary measures to help credit institutions and other regulated financial intermediaries to tackle the COVID-19 emergency.
All parties to labour supply chains need to be aware of their obligations under the new IR35 rules. We take a look at the key changes and what these mean in practice. Note: implementation of the rules has now been postponed to 6 April 2021, but businesses will still need to be prepared and ready for the new regime.
As we all know we are facing some challenging times over the coming weeks and months and we at DWF, our clients and the majority of the UK are looking at innovative ways of keeping business going, giving people the opportunity to work from home where possible, limiting travel and providing the support people need to look after their families.
As we are all aware the impact of COVID-19 has had far reaching impacts on the global economy and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. We are very aware of the struggles and concerns of our real estate sector clients at this time.
The COVID-19 international health crisis is creating unprecedented challenges for all organisations, with much uncharted territory ahead. Clients will want to prioritise their activities to ensure that the most critical issues are addressed ahead of less important ones, taking account of a likely backdrop of reduced resources and free cash.
The European Commission has adopted an emergency measure to enable all EU Member States to create schemes to allow their own various arms of State to make direct grants to individual businesses of up to €800,000 each by way of emergency relief during the current COVID-19 emergency.
Many companies ask themselves what to do best to survive the current economic crisis due to the COVID-19 virus on a short-term basis. A summary of the measures announced by the Government and from the Labour Law to mitigate the negative economic losses.
The COVID-19 spread in the most industrialised area of Italy – and among the most developed areas in Europe –requires some brief considerations on the impact of the emergency measures adopted by the Italian Government for the containment of the epidemic on pending agreements.
As the volume and geographic spread of cases of COVID-19 continues to increase, DWF has been reviewing the actions it needs to take to enable our business to continue operating effectively whilst ensuring we are doing all we can to safeguard the wellbeing of our people, our clients and other stakeholders.