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Health & Safety and reintegration

At the start of the coronavirus crisis, many organisations furloughed staff or required them to work from home. Office workers who can work effectively from home should continue to do so in line with the government’s roadmap for lifting lockdown. Otherwise, subject to legal requirements that certain businesses and venues must remain closed, those who cannot work from home are returning to work. Businesses are thinking carefully about how to safely manage the process of a large-scale return to the workplace as the government looks to ease lockdown.

Companies have obligations to ensure the health and safety of both their employees and visitors to their premises. They will also have to comply with any continuing government guidelines, including in relation to social distancing. Implementing a carefully considered return to work plan will be critical.

We have produced a range of resources to help organisations consider these issues, including a useful guide on steps to consider during planning as well as a set of coronavirus FAQs on managing a safe return to work. We have an experienced team available to provide comprehensive support with developing a return to work plan, adapting working arrangements, communicating with employees and providing training  to ensure the safety of your workforce.

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