Reopening a business during the coronavirus outbreak

People should work from home as much as they can during the coronavirus outbreak.

But some businesses can only run from their premises. They must take steps to keep staff safe. If they don't, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) can get involved.

Before they reopen, businesses should share a risk assessment with staff.

Businesses vary and need different measures. But some are the same for all.

Making a will

There's no denying it: Making a will is a sobering business. But, at the end of the day, for most of us, it's about taking care of our loved ones. 

More than half of British adults don’t have a will. And maybe that's because we don't like thinking about what things will be like without us. 

Even though the coronavirus means people are social distancing, it’s still possible to make a will.

Meetings with legal advisers can take place online or over the phone.

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Your guide to furlough

Help for employers during the coronavirus

Coronavirus is having a significant impact on businesses in the UK. Many have had to suddenly close or reduce their services.

For some, the pandemic has led to total closure. For others, it has led to a fall in demand.

To help, the government has put in place support to protect jobs, including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Through the furlough scheme, businesses can grant staff a leave of absence and reclaim up to 80% of their wages.

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Our top tips on LGBTQ+ legal rights during lockdown

UK laws have changed a lot in recent years to make sure you are treated fairly, regardless of your sexual orientation or your gender.

In the UK the Equality Act makes it illegal to treat a person unfairly because of their sexual orientation, their sex or because they are transgender. Lots of our other laws have been updated to give LGBTQ+ people the same rights as anyone else. Such as the rules about marriage and civil partnerships, and laws to prevent hate crimes.

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Moving home during Covid-19

Have you been trying to buy or sell your property? If so, steps to combat the spread of coronavirus will have impacted your ability to move things along.

On 13 May, the Government changed the rules: Home buyers (and renters) can now move. But they must follow the latest guidance.

Meeting people will still be hard. For now, everyone needs to look for ways to avoid physical meetings.

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Salaries and sickness: It pays to know the legal position

Public health crises like the coronavirus pandemic can move fast. Our jobs and workplaces are often the first things that change.

Your health comes first. If you self-isolate or feel unwell, the world of work can seem far away.

But we all have bills to pay. For many of us, the biggest worry is what will happen to our pay.

Here are some things we think are good to know about your rights if you have to take time off work or your job situation changes.

Your salary

Many businesses are working as usual. Their employees are being paid as usual.

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Coronavirus: Your consumer rights checklist

Things move fast during public health scares. It can be hard to keep up with the latest developments.

The UK Government's action plan for managing the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak sets out three stages – Contain, Delay, Mitigate.

As the country moves through the different stages, there are situations where it's handy to be up to speed with your consumer legal rights. Here's our checklist.

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Why getting the right legal advice for your business can help it to flourish

Don’t think your small business would gain from legal advice? Think again.

Legal advice can help your company to flourish. From the first day your business opens to when it's ready to take on new markets, any business can use legal advice.

Here’s how a legal advisor can help your business to flourish.

Get on top of business tax

Grasping which types of business tax apply to your company can be tricky.

Some types of tax will apply to your business and some types won’t.

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Things you were frightened to ask about making a will, but really need to know

The reality is that you can put off making a will until it is too late. Having no will in place can cause all sorts of problems for the people you leave behind. It could also mean you don’t have a say in what your loved ones are left.

But if you don’t know how it works, making a will can seem hard. You may not have time. Or you may be frightened to ask uncomfortable questions.

Don’t worry - we’re here to help. Here’s what you need to know to start writing your will.

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