On 22 October 2020, the government announced further amendments to the UK-wide Job Support Scheme (JSS), which will run for six months from 1 November 2020, immediately after the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) or “furlough” scheme ends.
"When grown-up persons indulge in practical jokes, the fact gauges them. They have lived narrow, obscure, and ignorant lives.”
It is not often that a High Court Judge echoes Mark Twain in prefacing a judgment, but Mr Justice Martin Spencer did just that last week in his judgement in Chell v Tarmac Cement and Lime Limited, a link to which can be found here. The judgment is one in a line of recent decisions on the hot topic of vicarious liability, and one which serves to reinforce a recent judicial trend.
Statistics show that at least 1 in 4 people in the UK experience ill mental health (such as anxiety, depression, addiction and PTSD) each year. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many challenges to our daily lives and it is expected that the need for mental health support will increase over the coming months and years. Some workers may feel uncertain about their future livelihoods with the increasing risks of redundancy. Others may be experiencing social isolation after months of lockdown and working at home.
A public consultation launched in 2016, which received over 9,000 responses, has prompted the UK Government to commit to the creation of a new offence of ‘causing serious injury by careless driving’ and to increase the maximum penalty for causing death by driving whilst under the influence of drink/drugs from 14 years to life imprisonment.
On 18 September 2020, the department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published the government’s response to its consultation on proposed reforms to Companies House. In its response, the government announced a number of proposals, including compulsory identity verification of directors, which are aimed at “clamp[ing] down on fraud and money laundering’.