Covid 19 - Coronavirus
Our advice on responding to the coronavirus outbreak.
With the changing status of COVID-19 in the UK and internationally, the business community is facing many urgent and unique challenges. We want to play our part in helping you, your business and your industry move past them. As a firm, we have already advised many of our clients on issues relating to COVID-19. With questions and queries wide-ranging, we are here to provide answers to your questions, to act as a sounding board for the decisions you’re planning to make and to help you make the key decisions that will protect your business and your communities in the weeks ahead.
There’s a lot of information, advice and food for thought on our COVID-19 hub, which is updated regularly across each of our legal areas. You can find our latest insight into the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and our guidance on how businesses should respond in the UK and internationally. We and our international colleagues will be keeping our guidance updated as the situation develops.
Our current key articles include:
- Coronavirus - FAQs for employers
- Coronavirus - FAQs for employers on working from home
- Home and away- when ‘working from home’ means working abroad
- Coronavirus - FAQs on managing a safe return to work
- Coronavirus staffing decisions when reopening the workplace
- Furloughing employees - FAQs for employers on the coronavirus job retention scheme
- Coronavirus vaccination - FAQs for employers
- Workplace testing – FAQs for employers
- Sickness absence and sick pay during the Covid-19 pandemic - FAQs for employers
- COVID-19: force majeure and frustration flowcharts
- RE: Occupy - Managing the reoccupation of your premises
Coronavirus vaccination - FAQs for employers26 July 2021
Employers are facing many difficult and untested employment law issues as the UK rolls out its Covid-19 vaccination programme. These FAQs cover whether an employer can make vaccination compulsory for its employees, alternatives to a mandatory requirement, time off for vaccine appointments, dealing with vaccine objectors, data privacy concerns and other issues.
Workforce testing – FAQs for employers26 July 2021
Testing for Covid-19 is an option for employers hoping to encourage employees to return to the workplace, control the spread of the virus and increase customer and staff confidence. These FAQs cover the legal issues and considerations that employers should take on board when considering or using a testing programme.
Coronavirus – FAQs on managing a safe return to work23 July 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, including risk assessments, risk control measures and responsibilities towards employees who are advised to self-isolate.
Using the NHS Covid pass for staff22 July 2021
The new NHS Covid pass offers businesses an easy way of discovering an individual’s Covid status but there are legal issues to consider first. This insight considers the key data protection and equalities issues raised by using the pass for staff.
Coronavirus – our sixth employer survey22 July 2021
We have resumed our Covid benchmarking series to find out how employers are responding to the lifting of lockdown restrictions.
Getting ready for office reopening - Employment law considerations infographic21 July 2021
Employers have various issues to consider now that full reopening is permitted from 19 July 2021. Our updated infographic highlights the key issues on re-opening offices with links to supporting guidance.
Furloughing employees - FAQs for employers on the coronavirus job retention scheme20 July 2021
The furlough scheme is due to end on 30 September 2021, with employer contributions gradually increasing from July onwards. These FAQs cover all aspects of how the scheme operates.
Staffing decisions when reopening workplaces - flowchart20 July 2021
We have updated our flowchart to help employers decide which employees should attend their workplace following the removal of most legal restrictions in England from 19 July 2021.