Navigating the new normal

Coronavirus and your organisation (8 April)

All content on this page is correct as of April 8, 2020

In this week’s roundup, we examine the Coronavirus Act 2020 and it’s implications on adult social care, employment law; the latest immigration updates and solvency in purposeful business.

Coronavirus Act 2020 – implications on adult social care

In the interests of prioritising scarce public resources, drastic powers have been introduced in the Coronavirus Act 2020. These powers are in respect of key duties under the Care Act 2014, the legislation which sets out local authorities’ duties in relation to assessing people’s needs and eligibility for publicly funded care and support. We have set out the key provisions in our new update. Click here for more.


The government has updated their guidance on claiming for your employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Further details can be seen here. Please do get in touch with our employment team if you have any questions or need advice on this.


UKVI has released additional guidance for a number of sectors and visa categories in connection with COVID-19, although in many cases this still leaves a range of issues and questions unanswered. Click here to read more on this from our immigration team.

Real Estate

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Solvency considerations for purposeful business 

If you’re a social enterprise, a B Corporation (B Corp) or another profit-with-purpose business and you have concerns about the solvency of your business through the Coronavirus crisis, we’ve prepared this guide. Lenders to such businesses may also find it useful. Click here for more.

Update for charities

Casual workers – are charities allowed to make discretionary payments?

Some charities have made the tough decision in the current climate to cease engaging the services of some or all of their casual workers, some of whom may be regular and longstanding members of staff. The charity may wish to make a discretionary payment to them as a goodwill gesture. Usually, the charity has no legal obligation to make such a payment but may feel it has a moral obligation to do so.  In those circumstances, what should a charity do? We explore this issue further in this new update.

Competition, procurement and state aid

There have been some public announcements regarding UK competition law, the EU public procurement, and State Aid frameworks during the COVID-19 crisis. These provide guidance and may go a little way to ease pressure on organisations which need to operate in compliance with these legal regimes. Charities, social enterprises and not-for-profits should be aware of these positive developments and apply them to their specific circumstances if possible. Click here for more.

Fraud – top tips for protecting your charity

For all organisations, the coronavirus pandemic has been a time of dramatic, unprecedented change to the way we live and work. Sadly, the more things change, the more some things stay the same, and fraudsters have already begun to use the pandemic as an opportunity for new scams. Click here for our top tips on how to protect your charity.

Stay in the know

To stay up to date with all our latest updates, take a look at our Coronavirus Insights Hub.

In case you missed it, our weekly Briefing for charities and social enterprises includes a round-up of recent sector-related coronavirus news. Click here for the latest version.

This information is necessarily of a general nature and doesn’t constitute legal advice. This is not a substitute for formal legal advice, given in the context of full information under an engagement with Bates Wells.

All content on this page is correct as of April 8, 2020.

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