Coronavirus legal information

Tees is open and ready to help you. Scroll down for a wide range of useful articles on Coronavirus-related legal and financial issues, which you may find helpful when dealing with any issues you're facing.

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Coronavirus FAQs

What will happen to my childs exams and grades for this year?

Between Ofqual and exam boards, it is likely that they will agree a consistent approach to issuing grades for this years’ exam year students. These grades will, most likely, be based on teacher predictions, and as teachers are expected throughout the course of an academic year to rigorously assess student progress in their courses, this evidence will already be available to schools.

What is furlough leave?

In English law there isn’t a statutory legal definition of ‘furlough leave’. However, the general understanding is that it refers to situation in which a temporary drop in business happens because of an unusual or extraordinary situation which impacts on the economy and commercial environment as a whole. Furlough leave is an option that employers can consider where staff would otherwise be made redundant.

Can an employer ask staff to take unpaid leave instead of making them redundant?

It’s best to work collaboratively with your employees with a view to agreeing working patterns which could include taking some unpaid leave or using up holiday days. The new provisions on furlough leave could also offer some important options for employees to consider. 

This is a complex and very unusual situation so you should make sure you have specialist legal advice before you take any major steps.

If you do think you need to make people redundant, you need to check the terms of your employee contracts. There could be an express or implied right to lay people off or place them on short time working, which might be triggered in this situation. 

Tees coronavirus update

We’re open and here to help you. We’re running as normal with our employees all working from home.

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As a flexible and technologically-adept firm, we already had many home-working systems in place. We have now rolled this technology out to all our employees working for clients, so they can continue to work normally - and from home.

If you are a client, please be assured you can get in touch with Tees and we are still working on your case. To replace face-to-face meetings, we have the facilities to do video-conferencing, conference calls or just speak on the phone, as you need.

Due to the circumstances, please call us if you would have wanted a home visit, and we can organise the best and safest way of being in touch.

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