Day: March 17, 2020

Coronavirus: Is your business immune?

The outbreak of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19 continues to pose a significant threat to businesses in the UK.

The impact on supply chains, transport and international travel is causing businesses to consider the impact of coronavirus on their current or future contractual agreements.

Here Julie Hunter a commercial solicitor at Stephensons Solicitors LLP, discusses why it’s important for businesses to understand their legal rights and obligations in light of this global pandemic.

The outbreak of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 continues to cause severe disruption and uncertainty to global trade. Now categorised as a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation, businesses must consider whether the impact of the coronavirus could cause them to default on their contractual obligations, whether this may be an inability to supply goods due to the effect on the supply chain, an inability to provide services due to travel restrictions or the cancellation of planned public

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Vauxhall factories to shut down over Coronavirus fears

Vauxhall’s parent company will shut all of its European manufacturing plants due to fears over the coronavirus.

PSA Group said plants at Ellesmere Port and Luton will close this week and will remain shut until at least 27 March.

In a statement, the firm said it had seen a “significant” drop in demand and disruption to supply chains.

Other manufacturers such as Ford and Nissan have already suspended work at factories in Spain and Italy due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Fiat Chrysler has said it will suspend production at the majority of its European factories for the same period.

PSA Group, which also owns Peugeot, Citroen and Opel, said staff at its UK plants would continue to be paid during the shutdown.

Coronavirus crisis

The Vauxhall plant in Luton builds the Vivaro van and employs more than 1,000 people. Another 1,500 others work at Ellesmere Port building the Vauxhall Astra.

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School parent tests positive to COVID-19

A parent of a child who attends John XXIII College has tested positive to COVID-19, and an aged care facility is in lockdown after an employee returned to work following overseas travel and was later diagnosed with the virus. 

The family of the John XXIII College parent is now in self-isolation and the school remains open. 

In a statement sent to parents this afternoon, the college said it was taking measures to ensure the safety of students, staff and families and was following Catholic Education WA protocols. 

“This development may make your child feel worried or anxious,” the statement said. 

“It is important to remember that you can help your child at this time, first by listening attentively to their concerns, and then by providing some reassurance.   

“As a Catholic College, it is important for us to show care and support for all members of our community.

“I ask that

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WSJ editor Murray: This is transformational time when we’ll show mettle

Matt Murray, editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal shot in the WSJ newsroom. Axel Dupeux for The Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal editor in chief Matt Murray sent out the following message to the staff on Monday:

Dear All:

Thank you for your time and your questions on the all-staff call today. We will schedule another one soon. I urge you to bring your concerns, issues and ideas to the appropriate member of the senior team as they arise. We’re eager to hear from you.

There’s no doubt we will continue to face serious challenges in the weeks ahead. But you are rising to meet, even surpass the moment. On a fast-moving story with global scale and tentacles that cut across all our areas of coverage, you are bringing our readers journalism and experiences that set a standard for the industry and serve our readers at a

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