Employer & employee relations
Our advice on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and our guidance on how employers should respond in the UK and internationally.
The coronavirus outbreak is rapidly becoming more widespread, raising 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 guidance for employers 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.
If you would like to participate in our 'Coronavirus survey - how are employers responding?' please contact us.
Furloughing employees - FAQs for employers on the coronavirus job retention scheme13 November 2020
The planned closure of the furlough scheme has been postponed and it will now continue until the end of March for all parts of the UK. These FAQs cover what we currently know about the extended scheme.
Restructuring the workplace post Covid-19 - FAQs for employers13 November 2020
The furlough scheme may have been extended to 31 March 2021, but employers are looking ahead to cost-saving measures in the face of ongoing economic challenges.
Coronavirus: absences from work and entitlement to pay06 November 2020
The Coronavirus situation may lead to workplace absences for a variety of reasons. This is our summary of legal rights to pay and suggested best practice for different types of absence.
Staffing decisions when reopening workplaces - flowchart06 November 2020
We have updated our flowchart to help employers decide which employees should attend their workplace during the Covid-19 pandemic following the government's announcement of the new lockdown in England and the extension of the furlough scheme.
Coronavirus – FAQs on staffing decisions when reopening workplaces05 November 2020
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 work05 November 2020
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, medical testing, contact tracing and adjusting hours and responsibilities.
Furlough scheme extended until end of March05 November 2020
The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (aka the furlough scheme) has been extended until the end of March 2021. Although this is welcome and will allow for more effective business planning, the new five-month extension may mean some employees will spend an entire year on furlough.