17 03, 2021

Reopening – Planning and Licensing provisions relaxed

By |2021-03-17T16:44:52+01:00March 17th, 2021|

Re-opening on the horizon The much awaited easing of lockdown restrictions are now at last on the horizon and with the vaccine programme moving at pace the COVID tide looks like it’s turning, which means the hospitality trade can see a much clearer path ahead. Relaxation of planning and licensing measures This was bolstered further [...]

22 02, 2021

Gender fluid employee – Jaguar Land Rover heavily criticised and ordered to pay £180,000 damages for discrimination

By |2021-02-22T12:07:48+01:00February 22nd, 2021|

Many employers who find they have a gender fluid or transitioning employee won't have had to navigate this issue before.  As an employer you should know what actions to take to support the employee and wider workforce and to ensure that costly discrimination claims are avoided. The pub, restaurant and hotel sector also needs to [...]

3 02, 2021

Re-opening – directors must beware of wrongful trading

By |2021-02-03T16:55:43+01:00February 3rd, 2021|

The hospitality sector has been one of the sectors worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. At the start of the New Year the country entered into a third national lockdown and as yet, it is unclear when restrictions will be lifted. All eyes will be on the now all too familiar daily statistics and the [...]

3 02, 2021

Covid-19 insurance claims – Supreme Court decision is a boost for the industry

By |2021-02-03T13:07:15+01:00February 3rd, 2021|

From the outset, Freeths cast doubt on the media coverage that suggested that business interruption insurance would not provide cover for losses in relation to Covid-19.  In our previous article here we urged operators to check their policies carefully. High Court decision In September, in the test case brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) acting [...]

29 01, 2021

Covid-19 vaccine – Can you require your staff to have it?

By |2021-01-29T13:10:35+01:00January 29th, 2021|

Charlie Mullins of Pimlico Plumbers has publically said that he will rewrite all workers contracts to require them to have the vaccine.  This might sound a good idea as employers try to battle the virus and get their businesses back to profitability but can you force staff to have the vaccine and what are your [...]

1 12, 2020

National Living Wage will be increased and extended from April 2021

By |2020-12-01T13:56:31+01:00December 1st, 2020|

Last week saw another announcement that will be of concern to operators many of whom are struggling to survive in the current climate. The Government announced that the National Living Wage rate is to increase from April 2021. However, acknowledging the stress that businesses are under, the increase will be in line with inflation only [...]