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.
The coronavirus outbreak is rapidly becoming more widespread, raising 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 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.
If you would like to participate in our 'Coronavirus survey - how are employers responding?' please contact us.
Coronavirus – FAQs on staffing decisions when reopening workplaces03 August 2020
Employers are facing many employment law issues as restrictions begin to be eased and more employees can come back to work. These FAQs cover specific issues in relation to deciding which employees should stay at home and what happens if employees do not want to return to work.
Staffing decisions when reopening workplaces - flowchart03 August 2020
We have produced a useful flowchart which will help employers to decide which employees can return to work as part of the Covid-19 road to recovery.
Government to pay bonus for retaining furloughed workers31 July 2020
The Chancellor has announced a new job retention bonus as part of its Plan for Jobs 2020. Employers who bring workers back from furlough and retain them in employment until the end of January 2021 will qualify for a £1,000 bonus, and further guidance on the scheme was published on 31 July.
Can I “work from home” in another country? Rosie Moore, Colin Leckey, Catherine Hayes, Catherine Leung and Katy Lee write for Lawyer Monthly31 July 2020
COVID-19 is causing many employees to ask if they can work from ‘home’ for an extended period in an overseas country, for example, because it is their home nation, or their family is based there.
Restructuring the workplace post Covid-19 - FAQs for employers31 July 2020
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme may have been extended to 31 October 2020, but employers are thinking now about what their workforce might look like following the end of subsidised furlough and a return to more normal working patterns.
New law on redundancy and notice pay for furloughed employees30 July 2020
In a piece of rapid-fire legislating, the government has passed new regulations intended to ensure that furloughed employees who are made redundant receive statutory redundancy and notice pay based on their “pre-furlough” rate.
Blanket return to offices ‘risky strategy’, say lawyers: Colin Leckey and Helen Coombes comment for British Safety Council27 July 2020
Desk-based workers should return to offices from 1 August, as long as it is safe to do so, but employers who open their doors should be wary.
Travelling from Spain – new self-isolation rules and employment27 July 2020
A requirement to self-isolate for 14 days in order to limit the spread of Covid-19 has been re-imposed on all people returning to the UK from Spain. Happening in the middle of peak summer holiday season, how does this affect employees who are already travelling or due to travel in the next few weeks?