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Our advice on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and our guidance on how employers should respond in the UK and internationally.

Various measures introduced to combat the coronavirus outbreak, including the furlough scheme, the current rollout of the vaccination programme and the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, raise numerous issues for businesses. We have prepared a comprehensive set of FAQs for employers setting out guidance on all the main questions we are being asked. We will keep these Q&As updated in light of the rapidly changing situation and new government advice.

You can view the government’s recently published guidance from Step 4 for employers on working safely during coronavirus and the Acas guidance using the links. For real time data and employment advice across multiple jurisdictions, visit the Ius Laboris coronavirus hub by clicking on the image below.


If you have further questions, or if you would like our support with your policy stance or any specific situation related to coronavirus, please do get in touch.

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