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public matters newsletter, December 2013

20 December 2013

We continue with our series on the new public procurement directive, this month, analysing the new provisions on modifications to contracts. Sam McGinty, commercial lawyer at North West Leicestershire District Council, gives an in house view on contract variations. We also include articles on council budgets, public procurement developments, state aid and illegal overstayers.

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Legal updates

Covid-19 and local authority enforcement

On the 26 March 2020, the Health Secretary made and brought into force The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020, which on their face impose quite extraordinary restrictions on freedom of movement backed by increased powers of arrest and prosecution.

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The impact of the Covid-19 distancing measures on right to work checks

In unprecedented times of self-isolation and social distancing, the Home Office has now published new UK immigration guidance on right to work checks to adjust the rules on manual checking of original documentation and adapt to the new situation.

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Health and safety in the workplace

The Government guidance is clear that as a result of the coronavirus, anyone who can work from home should do so, but there are plenty of jobs that cannot be undertaken from home raising concerns over the enforcement of the 2-meter distance rule in some workplaces, or the availability of items such as hand sanitiser or protective equipment.

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Vicarious liability - when is the role of an Independent Contractor sufficiently “akin to employment”

The beginning of Spring 2020 saw the Supreme Court give judgment in two important cases concerning the principle of vicarious liability.

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