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COVID-19: Homeworking Health & Safety

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The government has advised all employees to work from home unless it is not possible to do so. As a result, many businesses’ entire workforce is now based at home. The drastic change to working practices throws up a number of challenges. In this note, we focus on the health & safety implications.

Covid-19 and current attempts to end contracts early

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The global coronavirus pandemic is going to make it difficult or impossible for franchisors and franchisees in a wide range of circumstances to fulfil their contractual obligations. It is likely that many such parties will seek to argue that they should be released from those obligations by virtue of a force majeure clause or under the doctrine of frustration.

UPDATE: IR35 POSTPONED

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On 17 March 2020 the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Steve Barclay, announced that the proposed extension to the Off Payroll Working Rules (IR35) would be postponed by 12 months to April 2021 while businesses cope with the Covid-19 pandemic.

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