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.
What does the Covid-19 tier system mean for offices?16 October 2020
Regulations underpinning the 3-tier lockdown system are now in force in England, as part of the government’s efforts to step up its response to the pandemic. This article considers if the new regulations demand a stricter approach to office work and meetings.
Government announces extension to Job Support Scheme for closed business premises12 October 2020
The Chancellor has announced an extension to the Job Support Scheme targeted at businesses required to close entirely due to tighter local or national coronavirus restrictions. Under these proposals, the government will pay two-thirds of wages for businesses forced to close in the coming months as it seeks to slow the rise in coronavirus cases. This article looks at what we know so far and considers what affected employers should do now.
Coronavirus Job Support Scheme – FAQs for employers09 October 2020
The government’s new Job Support Scheme replaces the furlough scheme and starts on 1 November 2020. An extension to the Job Support Scheme has been announced aimed at supporting businesses required to close as a result of coronavirus restrictions. These FAQs cover eligibility, how the Job Support Scheme works, what you need to agree with employees, alternative resourcing options for employers and what we know so far on the extension to the scheme.
Government to pay bonus for retaining furloughed workers05 October 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 payable after 15 February 2021. Further guidance on the scheme was published on 31 July and 2 October.
Sickness and sick pay – FAQs for employers as lockdown restrictions ease05 October 2020
This article answers some of the most frequently asked questions about sickness absence and sick pay during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, including the rules on statutory sick pay (SSP) and the position of people who are self-isolating, “shielding” or otherwise vulnerable.
Coronavirus – FAQs on managing a safe return to work25 September 2020
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, medical testing, contact tracing, and adjusting hours and responsibilities.
Coronavirus – FAQs on staffing decisions when reopening workplaces23 September 2020
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.
Staffing decisions when reopening workplaces - flowchart23 September 2020
We have updated our flowchart to help employers decide which employees should attend their workplace during the Covid-19 pandemic following the government's announcement of new measures on 22 September 2020