Employee mental health and the coronavirus

17 April 2020

As the pandemic continues, employees may be struggling with their mental health, especially if they are working from home for the first time. Ben McCarthy, lead researcher and employment law writer at Croner-i, outlines ways of tackling this issue.

EU introduces measures to help fight coronavirus

16 April 2020

The EU has notified the World Trade Organisation (WTO) of steps it has taken to fight the coronavirus. This follows a commitment by G20 members at a virtual ministerial meeting at the end of March to provide full transparency of all policies that might affect international trade.

An initial look at furlough and the Job Retention Scheme

16 April 2020

This article was written on 23 March and is based on guidance that was in place on that date. The Government has subsequently amended and clarified its guidance meaning that some features of this article may not be up to date. See our article Furlough and the Job Retention Scheme Q&As for up to date information on the Job Retention Scheme.

Coronavirus and the GDPR

8 April 2020

Recent events have brought the GDPR back on to the agenda as the implications of how organisations are going to be expected to deal with the current COVID-19 epidemic have become apparent. There will clearly be a necessity for employers to ensure that the risk of infection to their staff, customers and the general public is minimised. At the same time they must be aware that the information they are collecting during this process can have significant privacy consequences.

How to make the move to homeworking

6 April 2020

Since the country went into lockdown, those who can be working from home should be doing so. There are many short and long-term benefits to this move but employers must not forget their legally binding health and safety responsibilities. Jon Herbert reports.

EU Exit Transition Watch — Will COVID-19 delay Brexit?

2 April 2020

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union was opposed by many in both Houses of Parliament, caused concern in groups ranging from the CBI to the TUC and resulted in serious warnings from, among others, the Bank of England, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Some of these objections certainly put obstacles in the path to Brexit, but the arrival of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister and his significant victory in the December 2019 general election left little doubt that the UK now had a set date to leave the Union — by the end of 2020. If that date was to change, the Prime Minister warned, it would only be because the current trade negotiations were not heading in the right direction — in which case he was prepared to call an end to the talks and leave the EU in the summer.

April’s employment law changes

1 April 2020

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, employers may be forgiven for forgetting about some key changes that are happening this month. Andrew Willis, senior manager of the Litigation and Employment Department at Croner outlines the main changes that employers can be reminded of.

Opportunities in emerging markets

19 March 2020

UK exports of goods grew by just 0.2% last year 1. After inflation, that’s actually a net fall. What’s an exporter to do?

Country Profile — Chile

12 March 2020

One of South America’s most prosperous countries, Chile is a market British exporters should take the time to explore.