The government has released its “road map” for returning to some sort of normal after lockdown and guidance on working safely during Covid-19. In response, some businesses will be looking to return employees to workplaces and others will be planning ahead for when this is possible.
This raises questions around employees and premises. Employers will be facing many employment law issues concerning health and safety, vaccinations, medical testing, discrimination and rights to work and pay, including which employees should return to the workplace, who should stay at home, what happens if individuals don’t want to return and what are your legal obligations when it comes to making the workplace safe. Employers also need to consider issues with premises, including whether changes need to be made to the building’s common areas and floor plans and what changes, if necessary, needs to be negotiated with your landlord.
We have a range of materials to help guide you through these questions in line with legal requirements:
Please contact us if you have any questions on your obligations as an employer or require any support in relation to Covid-19.
Staffing decisions when reopening workplaces - flowchart01 April 2021
We have updated our flowchart to help employers decide which employees should attend their workplace during the Covid-19 pandemic following the start of the Spring 2021 roadmap out of lockdown in England.
Coronavirus – FAQs on staffing decisions when reopening workplaces01 April 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 work01 April 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, contact tracing and adjusting hours and responsibilities.
Workplace testing – FAQs for employers01 April 2021
Testing for Covid-19 at work is set to play an important role in the government’s gradual reopening plans with employers being strongly urged to sign up for free lateral flow tests. These FAQs cover the legal issues and considerations that employers take on board before rolling out a workplace testing programme.
RE: Occupy - Real Estate FAQs for Tenants during Covid-1929 March 2021
The impact of Covid-19 is constantly changing for the real estate sector: from construction sites and developments being shut down; to new approaches for planning inquiries and a mutable landscape for lease negotiations. Nothing is set in stone. Therefore, we have pulled together a selection of the questions we are being asked by clients and will be updating this regularly.
Reopening offices – what do the new regulations say?24 March 2021
The government has published the regulations underpinning the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions in England. We look at what they mean for office workers.
RE:Occupy - Managing the reoccupation of your premises18 November 2020
With a fresh lockdown in place until early December – at least – corporate occupiers are once again faced with considering how best to manage their return to offices. Occupiers have already briefly experienced life back in premises under Covid-measures, including ensuring they, and their landlords, comply with health and safety guidelines, protect against possible contractual or negligence claims from their employees So, who is liable for what?
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.