n this update, we have focussed on the headline governance and regulatory issues that are facing RPs at this time. as we all deal with the Covid-19 crisis.
Whilst we all wait in limbo for the UK’s future in Europe, it is still worth noting some basics...
- The settled status scheme is still in place for EU nationals currently living and working in the UK – if the UK leaves without a deal, the deadline for applying for settled status is 31 December 2020, and if a deal is struck it will be 30 June 2021. It is estimated that only 1 million EU nationals have applied under the scheme and 2.6 million have still to do to so.
- Given those figures, employers should continue to encourage employed EU nationals to apply under the settlement scheme and provide, where possible, the electronic means for them to do so and agree to reasonable requests for time off to get documents verified etc.
- Employers will need to address what their recruitment strategy will be going forward if their previous one has depended on the free movement of EU nationals – whilst those workers who are already employed may stay (subject to them applying for settled status) it is likely, whatever the deal, that there will be some restrictions going forward.
If you have any questions about these issues please contact Hazel Findlay, our immigration specialist in the employment and pensions team.
The law surrounding organ donation has changed. The Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill came into effect on 20 May 2020 and has implemented an opt-out system for organ donation.
Commercial and local authority landlords could benefit from urgently reviewing their legal options.
The Cabinet Office has published guidance asking for people to act responsibly, fairly and “in the national interest”.
To help our charity clients look to the future, we summarise key guidance and updates over the last week.
On 18 May 2020, the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) wrote to all social housing residents in England (residents).
For anyone who is currently restrained from holding their General Meeting or have held such in breach of their governing documents, help is on the way!
Social landlords may be surprised to learn that “landlords should be able to carry out routine as well as essential repairs for most households”.
Many housing providers are now re-thinking about gathering information to complete their data return to the Regulator of Social Housing, with the initial exercise having been delayed by Covid-19.
With many premises being left unoccupied (or minimally occupied) during the lockdown, both Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive have warned of the increased risks of Legionella.
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