THE Government has announced a list of rules which have been relaxed to help businesses continue to operate during the coronavirus crisis.

Temporary changes have been made to a range of regulations including workers’ annual leave, eviction protection for commercial tenants and taxable expenses for those working at home.

Under measures announced by business secretary Alok Sharma, workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement due to Covid-19 will be able to carry it over into the next two leave years so that staff can continue working during the crisis without losing out on their holiday entitlement.

Commercial tenants who cannot pay rent during the next three months because of the impact of coronavirus will be protected from eviction under the Coronavirus Bill.

Businesses can also apply for a three month extension for filing their accounts, so that they can focus on managing the immediate impact of the virus.

The Government has also published a list of equipment, services and supplies which are taxable if employees are working from home.

If an employee already pays for broadband, then no additional expenses can be claimed.

Right to work checks have been temporarily adjusted to make them easier for employers to carry out.

Vehicle owners will be granted a six-month exemption from MOT testing so they can to travel to work, where they cannot work from home.

Brewers can now appoint the publican or an agreed person at their premises to carry out the destruction of spoilt beer and do not require the supervision of a responsible person from the brewery, to help brewers and publicans comply with social distancing guidelines.

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