Workplace surveillance in times of COVID-19 – what would a reasonable employer do?

The COVID-19 pandemic, and the consequential increase in working from home, has driven demand for workplace surveillance tools. Organisations look for solutions that monitor and aid productivity of their remote workforce. New technologies offer opportunities for unprecedented surveillance of employees – these not only include tracking of websites visited during work hours but also tracking…

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As a new lockdown commences the furlough scheme is extended

The government has announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough Scheme) has been extended in response to the impact of the new national restrictions which will require the population to stay at home and for non-essential shops to be closed. New National Restrictions At the end of October, the Furlough Scheme was set to end…

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Sharpe Pritchard Senior Associate featured in the Construction Law Review 2020-21

Author(s): Juli Lau, Michael Comba Juli Lau, a Senior Associate at Sharpe Pritchard, and Michael Comba, Trainee Solicitor, have contributed an article to the 2020-21 edition of the Construction Law Review. Juli and Michael’s article, Navigating PFI contracts in 2020: managing PFI/PPP contracts in a crisis, considers how to manage PFI contracts in the aftermath…

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“COVID CODE” – GOVERNMENT PRACTICE GUIDE FOR COMMERCIAL PROPERTY RELATIONSHIPS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

On 19 June 2020, the Government published a code of practice (the “Code”) in an attempt to provide guidance for commercial landlords and tenants operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Code was drafted by a steering group, consisting of groups/bodies across the commercial property spectrum. It applies to all commercial leases held by business which…

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Using the furlough scheme flexibly to manage mental health in the workplace

While the government job retention scheme has allowed employers to rotate staff on a three week cycle, many employers have not taken advantage of this offer. This may be because once staff were selected for furlough it was easier to operate or because employers selected their most competent staff to remain in work and didn’t…

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