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24 March 2020

Do organisations need to act now?  The answer is a resounding "YES!"  

Employers are under a duty to ensure the health and safety of all their employees and to provide a safe place and system of work - this should lead to serious considerations about whether you can now be asking people to work from home, or placing non-essential workers into "furlough" status.  However, there is a lot of confusion around who can (and should) still work.  See my other News & Views pages for more on this.    

Employees are also under a duty to take reasonable care to ensure that they do not endanger themselves or anyone who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work.

This information is provided for employees and managers where someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 has been in a workplace setting or has concerns, as well as where individuals are self-isolating due to symptoms and/or the latest Government guidance for households with symptoms.  See my other news pages and FAQ pages for information about furloughs and whether employers must close.  

Advice & Guidance for Employers

The Government are regularly updating their information about when to self-isolate and what you need to do to stay well - see: latest advice

Consider your people:

Consider your contractual arrangements:

Other considerations:

If you are planning to reclaim SSP or furlough payments, it is essential that you are maintaining good records around employee absences, SSP Payments and types of worker changes.  

And finally but crucially, step up hygiene / cleaning routines, mandate good handwashing routines (allow extra breaks for necessary if you still have workers in) and wherever possible follow the 2-metre distancing guidelines.  

 

Contact Embrace HR for more information as well as further help and support on with policies, change to employee contracts, manager guidance and documentation. 

To further support businesses, one of my contacts, Paul Limb of ActionCOACH Bolton has included some essential crisis management tips on his website.  Go to https://bolton.actioncoach.co.uk/plan-dont-panic/ for more information.  The Government has detailed their advice and support to businesses, available via this link.  

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