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Protecting healthcare from the legal ramifications of Covid-19

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The Coronavirus has challenged us like nothing before and the operational strain is more than anyone should have to bear. Unfortunately, the legal reverberations from this pandemic could go on for some time, even after we have controlled the spread of the virus.

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Key dates for care providers using the furlough scheme

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Key dates for care providers

With approximately 8.4m jobs furloughed, roughly ¼ of the total jobs in the UK, and 1m employers furloughing, costing the Government £15bn, it was inevitable that some changes would have to be made to the furlough scheme. However, the announcements are less draconian than many had feared.

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Don’t miss the June 10 deadline for furlough swapping benefit

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The furlough scheme has been extended until the end of October but, in its current form, will end on 30 June, after which no new employees will be accepted.

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Four predictions for the the fate of M&A in the Covid-19 era

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Business predictions

The immediate impact of Covid-19 on UK M&A manifested in April, with the month seeing the lowest level of activity since September 1985. Yet, even amidst uncertainty, it would be unwise to give up on M&A in 2020. Partner James Worrall puts forward his predictions for the markets.

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Employee hot spots: can you take the temperature of your staff?

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temperature checks at work

Employers across the UK are thinking about how to get staff back to work safely, and part of that plan might include taking temperature checks of employees before they enter the office. But what are the legal implications of this apparently simple process?

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Is your claim time-barred? Limitation periods during coronavirus

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Limitation period

Limitation periods are critical in the context of a dispute. Simply put, if a party fails to commence proceedings before the end of the relevant limitation period, it is usually fatal to that party’s claim.

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Deferred payment agreements: how can care homes protect fee income whilst a property is sold?

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Deferred payment

We are regularly asked by operators whether they can protect their income where a resident cannot pay their full private fees until their property is sold. This may be particularly pertinent in the current climate where the property market has been slow.

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WIPO PROOF: Digital evidence for your intellectual assets

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WIPO PROOF

On 27 May 2020, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) launched a new global online service that provides tamper-proof evidence of the existence at a point in time of any digital file, including data sets, in any format.

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What are the latest changes to the UK furlough scheme?

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With approximately 8.4m jobs furloughed, roughly ¼ of the total jobs in the UK, and 1m employers furloughing, costing the Government £15b, it was inevitable that some changes would have to be brought into the furlough scheme. However, the announcements on Friday are less draconian than many had feared.

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Business interruption insurance – what does the FCA say?

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Our Dispute Resolution lawyers explain the steps the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have taken to seek legal clarity on business interruption insurance.

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Board briefing: looking ahead to mitigate risk

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Contributing authors: Hazel Phillips and James Sage

Board Briefing for social care businesses

Despite the ongoing frontline challenges, you will need to look ahead, anticipate the next set of challenges and put appropriate measures in place to protect your organisation.

Our Health & Social Care team has prepared a Briefing for Boards, CEOs and in-house counsel in the social care sector to help you identify risks that may lie ahead and deal with them appropriately to minimise the impact.

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Key changes to the Job Retention Scheme

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Recently, the Chancellor made a further Treasury Direction in relation to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

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