As the Coronavirus outbreak takes its toll on the workplace, British employers planned more than 300,000 redundancies in June and July as reported by BBC News. A huge 1,784 firms made plans to cut approximately 150,000 jobs in July, and 1,888 planned 156,000 cuts in June. Worryingly, this may only be the tip of the iceberg, as many smaller businesses are not included in these figures.
The coronavirus pandemic has led to huge changes across every industry, and the legal profession is no different. A new law has been brought in that means wills can now legally be witnessed over video.
Neil Turner, 67, of Worthing, West Sussex was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on 5th August 2020 to 28 months imprisonment after admitting to sexual assaults on six schoolboys in the 1980’s and also on an adult with learning disabilities. These victims felt able to come forward following Turner’s conviction in 2017 for similar sexual assaults on three boys.
Most people will have experienced a significant change to both their work and personal life as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. While some normality seems to be resuming, it is clear from the local lockdown measures and additions to the ‘travel quarantine list’ that regular changes to regulations are to be expected for quite a while.
The impact of Covid 19 on human lives across the world is very much unprecedented. Every life lost is a tragedy. This disease has not only impacted upon our heath but has also led to alarming and worrying financial concerns for many families, individuals, businesses, companies etc. On 14 July 2020, the BBC confirmed that the UK, along with much of the rest of the world, is thought to be heading into the worst recession for decades.
Social media offers many people a level of anonymity that would be hard to achieve outside of online life. This is sometimes used by individuals to share negative or harmful messages, while avoiding repercussions that may affect their ‘offline life’. But is this really the case, and can so-called ‘trolls’ really hide behind a screen?
On July 8th 2020, the chancellor – Rishi Sunak – announced a temporary ‘holiday’ on stamp duty on the first £500,000 of property sales in England and Wales. We take a look at what this could mean for you.
Developments in the IICSA hearing
Following the introduction of furlough leave to the UK in March, the Government has now introduced more flexibility to the scheme - allowing employees on furlough leave to be brought back into work part-time from July 1st.