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.
Furloughing employees - FAQs for employers on the coronavirus job retention scheme14 January 2021
Coronavirus – FAQs on staffing decisions when reopening workplaces06 January 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 work06 January 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, medical testing, contact tracing and adjusting hours and responsibilities.
Staffing decisions when reopening workplaces - flowchart06 January 2021
We have updated our flowchart to help employers decide which employees should attend their workplace during the Covid-19 pandemic following the introduction of a new national lockdown throughout England
Sickness absence and sick pay during the Covid-19 pandemic - FAQs for employers06 January 2021
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 and the position of people who are self-isolating, “shielding” or otherwise vulnerable.
Back to tiers - what do the new regulations say about office working?22 December 2020
New legislation re-imposed a tier system in England from 2 December 2020 and new tier 4 restrictions were implemented in some areas from 20 December 2020. We look at what it means for office workers.
Restructuring the workplace post Covid-19 - FAQs for employers17 December 2020
The furlough scheme may have been extended to 30 April 2021, but employers are looking ahead to cost-saving measures in the face of ongoing economic challenges.