Coronavirus job retention scheme: Furloughed employees and frustration of contracts

Howard Hymanson considers whether employers could successfully argue that Covid-19 has frustrated their contracts with employees and what the position is when they have put staff on furlough leave

Cases Referenced

  • British Airports Authority v Fenerty [1976] ICR 361
  • Edwinton Commercial Corp v Tsavliris Russ (Worldwide Salvage & Towage) Ltd (The Sea Angel) [2007] EWCA Civ 547
  • Gryf-Lowczowski v Hichinbrooke [2006] ICR 425
  • J Lauritzen AS v Wijsmuller BV [1990] 1 Lloyd's LR 1
  • Manpower UK Ltd v Mulford [2003] UKEAT 0148/03/MAA
  • Marshall v Harland and Wolff Ltd [1972] IRLR 90
  • Stanley Wattam Ltd v Rippin [1998] UKEAT 355/98/0110