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Early Stage Market · 24 April '20

Updates To The Employment Law under Covid-19

Navigating The Crisis Webinar Series

Delivered in partnership with the London Growth Hub, the webinar was led by three experts in employment law from Taylor Wessing: Paul Callaghan – Partner and Head of Employment, Pensions & Mobility London; Roxane Davey – Senior Associate, Employment and Joe Aiston – Senior Associate, Employment.

Topics discussed:

COVID-19 – Furlough and the job retention scheme:

  • Furlough via the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • Who can be furloughed?
  • Reimbursement

Other employer approaches including pay cuts and reducing hours:

  • Reduced hours, reduced salary or both
  • Holiday Purchase


  • Why furlough not a sufficient alternative
  • Individual consultation and collective redundancy consultation rules

Health and safety

  • Common law and statutory duties related to the health and safety of employees, contractors and members of the public
  • Government’s guidance for employers in light of COVID-19

Employee data privacy:

  • Time frames for dealing with information requests (DSARs) which may be impacted
  • Guidance on homeworking
  • Balance between keeping staff informed about cases in your organisation and not naming the individual.