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As more businesses are preparing to re-open here is some important information you need to know.

July 2020

COVID-19 - New Updates from David McGowan

Covid-19 Business Interruption Claims

Since my last communication the FCA has started the court procedure to ascertain a legal precedent as to whether some policies do or don’t offer any cover for loss of profit/income following the lockdown. The FCA have identified various insurer policies and submitted them to court with the premise that they think cover is valid and the insurers have filled their defence. Information on the opening arguments can be read by following this link If you are interested you can sign up for updates on the case which will automatically sent to your email address.

I would reiterate that we are able to put a claim to your insurers on your behalf if you feel that you may have cover, we will check your policy, give you some professional advice and then submit a claim on your behalf dependent on your instructions. We are minded to remind policy holders that you have a duty to submit claims within a reasonable time therefore we would not want you to be in a position where insurers decline your claim because it is deemed as time barred.

As ever please feel free to contact either myself or your Woodard Markwell representative for some advice and information about your policy coverage.

Please read my previous updates in respect of Insurance cover following the Covid-19 pandemic, links to these updates are  below:

14th May - click here
21st May -  click here
3rd June - click here
11th June - click here

Returning To Work

More and more of us are returning to work. We have received some more advice on what to look out for and also important advice for employers to consider from the HSE. There are some specific trade issues that need to be considered when restarting work.

Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak - New guidance will help you keep workers safe (COVID secure) during the outbreak. 
The following guides will help you manage the risk from coronavirus in your business during this time:

•    Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak - This step guide will help you make your work and workplace COVID secure. It'll help you to manage the risk associated with re-starting or running your business during the outbreak.
•    Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. - Guidance to cover different types of work, produced by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
•    The United Kingdom Lubricants Association have produced guidance on controlling the risks from metalworking fluids, particularly where production has been reduced or is going to be re-started, due to the risk that without proper checks, ill health could be caused.

In addition HSE have set up a phone line and online form if you need help and advice on how to protect people from the coronavirus. Click here to view

Please see the below link for some more informative information about returning to work.

Again if you want any advice on insurance cover especially  in respect of returning to work please do not hesitate to contact myself or your Woodward Markwell representative.

Travel Insurance

The government is looking to open air corridors between countries which in turn opens up our ability to go abroad for either business trips or holidaying. I would point out that until the government air corridors are actually open their advice is not to travel unless it is essential. Travel insurance policies will not cover you if go against government advice, so you need to check before you go regarding the government advice travel to the country you are visiting.

Unfortunately we had a recent case where the client was traveling the day before the air corridor was open which nullifies cover for their whole trip. Also a lot of travel policies will exclude some Covid-19 exposures including cancellation and curtailment.

As ever, please check your policy and speak to us before you book your trip.

Please also read the following from the FCA: 

Covid-19 - Workplace Pensions & Employee Benefits

With everything that’s going on at the moment, employers have a lot on their plates, so we want to take the time to provide some useful reminders of your obligations under workplace pension and employee benefit rules. We hope you find this guidance helpful during these unprecedented times.

Please read the article on your responsibilities in respect of Pensions and employee benefits during the Covid-19 pandemic, written by my my colleagues in the financial services division of our business.

Click here to read the full article. 

Further Information

As we mentioned earlier, as we are in a rapidly changing climate therefore we will continue to provide regular updates and advice over the coming weeks.

If you have any concerns or queries you can call us on 01473 408408
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