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 over the winter. Otherwise, subject to additional local restrictions and 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.
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 FAQs on workforce wellbeing. 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.
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.
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.
Covid-19: Establishing a return to work plan – health and safety considerations08 July 2020
This Inbrief summarises the legal landscape, government guidance and other various considerations that employers will need to take into account.
Covid-19 contact-tracing apps - the key data protection issues: Bryony Long and Mithila Gupte comment for Computer Weekly16 June 2020
Organisations intending to deploy contact-tracing apps will need to maintain high standards of privacy compliance, security and ethics to guarantee sufficient uptake and meaningful results. Bryony Long and Mithila Gupte explain further in this article.
Coronavirus – our fourth employer survey05 June 2020
Our fourth employer benchmarking survey looks at how employers are approaching the potential reopening of their offices as they begin to assess some of the longer-term implications of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Test, trace and travel – new self-isolation rules and employment28 May 2020
The requirement to self-isolate for 14 days in order to limit the spread of Covid-19 is being extended to two new situations – where a person arrives in the UK from overseas, and where someone is notified that they need to self-isolate under the new NHS test and trace service. How does this affect employers?
Does an employer’s duty of care extend to commuting to work?21 May 2020
As more people return to workplaces, how far does an employer’s duty of care cover risks to employees during their commute to work? And how should employers deal with staff refusing to travel to work for fear of contracting Covid-19?
We’re on the road? The government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy11 May 2020
The government has published its post-COVID recovery strategy, setting out a “roadmap” for gradually easing the lockdown, getting the economy moving and – eventually – returning the country to something approaching normality.