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Coronavirus: briefing guide for employers

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Posted by Tina Chander on 20 March 2020

Tina Chander - Head of Employment Law
Tina Chander Partner - Head of Employment Law

COVID-19 (also referred to as coronavirus) has been declared to be a pandemic, and the situation is developing rapidly. Since the beginning of the outbreak, the Government has been bringing in new measures in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and has now started providing daily updates.

This is understandably a worrying and challenging time for everyone and, as an employer, you need to be aware of what should be done if among other things, an employee contracts the virus, needs to work from home, or if you need to reduce your workforce.

We know, your people are one of your businesses most valuable assets. We also know that the current situation is confusing, and you may be wondering how, as an employer, you can protect them during this time. If you are unsure how to handle your employment law matters in light of coronavirus,  our employment law team have produced an essential "Briefing guide to coronavirus for employers and absence options" which will give you the insight you need to see you through a variety of issues, and our employment law team are always on hand to discuss further if you need. 

In addition to our briefing guide, we have also created a series of policies which may be of use to you during this time. These policies will provide clarity to employees on the steps that will be taken and how these will impact upon them. The policies which are available are as follows:- 

  • Homeworking policy.
  • Short-time working and lay-off policy.  
  • Flexible working policy.
  • Coronavirus policy. 

To purchase any of the above, please email tina.chander@wrighthassall.co.uk 

"Great source of reference for us, which clearly identifies the questions currently being asked across the business. Wright Hassall and Tina as always have been reactive to our needs and supporting us through this somewhat difficult and unprecedented period of time"

Job Retention Scheme

In response to the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Government has introduced the Job Retention Scheme, to help employers retain their staff where possible during the pandemic.

Protecting a workforce in these uncertain times can seem confusing and perhaps even daunting. However, the Chancellors announcement stating the Government will support businesses that furlough staff, rather than laying them off, will likely have provided many employers with the hope of maintaining their existing teams.

In light of the new changes brought about, we have devised a guide to the Job Retention Scheme and furloughed workers, to support you through this time. Our Q&A document will provide you with the insight you need, including eligibilities, the process of furloughing your staff, and a range of other questions you may have. Of course, our employment law team are always on hand should wish to discuss further.

In addition to the Q&A document, we have drafted a letter for use when notifying employee’s that they have been designated as a furlough worker.

To purchase these documents, please email tina.chander@wrighthassall.co.uk 

About the author

Tina Chander

Partner - Head of Employment Law

Tina is head of our employment law team. She deals with contentious and non-contentious employment law issues.

Tina Chander

Tina is head of our employment law team. She deals with contentious and non-contentious employment law issues.

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