Employer & employee relations
Our advice on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and our guidance on how employers should respond in the UK and internationally.
Various measures introduced to combat the coronavirus outbreak, including the furlough scheme, the current rollout of the vaccination programme and the government’s recently published roadmap out of lockdown, raise numerous issues for businesses. We have prepared a comprehensive set of FAQs for employers setting out guidance on all the main questions we are being asked. We will keep these Q&As updated in light of the rapidly changing situation and new government advice.
You can view the government's four-step plan to ease lockdown, along with government guidance for employers and the Acas guidance using the links. For real time data and employment advice across multiple jurisdictions, visit the Ius Laboris coronavirus hub by clicking on the image below.
If you have further questions, or if you would like our support with your policy stance or any specific situation related to coronavirus, please do get in touch.
Getting ready for office reopening - Employment law considerations infographic01 April 2021
With many looking towards the complete lifting of restrictions, employers will have various issues to consider ahead of 21 June. Our infographic highlights the key issues on re-opening offices with links to supporting guidance.
Coronavirus – FAQs on staffing decisions when reopening workplaces01 April 2021
Employers are facing many employment law issues as the guidance on working safely during the Covid-19 pandemic continues to evolve. These FAQs cover specific issues in relation to deciding which employees should stay at home and what happens if employees do not want to come to work.
Coronavirus – FAQs on managing a safe return to work01 April 2021
Employers are facing many employment law issues as the guidance on working safely during the Covid-19 pandemic continues to evolve. These FAQs cover employers’ health and safety obligations, contact tracing and adjusting hours and responsibilities.
Staffing decisions when reopening workplaces - flowchart01 April 2021
We have updated our flowchart to help employers decide which employees should attend their workplace during the Covid-19 pandemic following the start of the Spring 2021 roadmap out of lockdown in England.
Workplace testing – FAQs for employers01 April 2021
Testing for Covid-19 at work is set to play an important role in the government’s gradual reopening plans with employers being strongly urged to sign up for free lateral flow tests. These FAQs cover the legal issues and considerations that employers take on board before rolling out a workplace testing programme.
Coronavirus vaccination - FAQs for employers26 March 2021
Employers are facing many difficult and untested employment law issues as the UK rolls out its Covid-19 vaccination programme. These FAQs cover whether an employer can make vaccination compulsory for its employees, alternatives to a mandatory requirement, time off for vaccine appointments, dealing with vaccine objectors, data privacy concerns and other issues.
I’m still standing - should employers set up a standing body for collective consultation?10 March 2021
Employers may have to contemplate difficult decisions as they look ahead to the lasting effects of the pandemic, including potentially making redundancies. This article discusses whether now might be an opportune time for employers with no recognised trade union to set up a standing body for collective consultation purposes.
Furloughing employees - FAQs for employers on the coronavirus job retention scheme03 March 2021
The furlough scheme has once more been extended and will now end on 30 September 2021, with employer contributions gradually increasing from July onwards. These FAQs cover all aspects of how the scheme operates.