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.
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.
Employment Tribunal rulings on Covid-19 issues – what can we learn?02 September 2021
The pandemic required many employers to make difficult decisions in unprecedented and rapidly evolving circumstances, giving rise to concerns this would lead to a deluge of Employment Tribunal claims. We look at some of the early cases to see what lessons can be learnt when planning for a return to work.
How to structure employee remuneration packages after Covid-19?01 September 2021
A principal concern for employers has always been finding the best way to retain and incentivise key staff. In the wake of Covid-19, with employers facing skills shortages, that concern has increased not only for key staff but also the wider workforce. With many businesses dealing with escalating costs and cash flow difficulties, how can employers ensure that their remuneration packages are competitive?
Coronavirus – FAQs on staffing decisions when reopening workplaces17 August 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 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 work17 August 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.
Coronavirus vaccination - FAQs for employers17 August 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 employers17 August 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.
Sickness absence and sick pay during the Covid-19 pandemic - FAQs for employers16 August 2021
This article answers some of the most frequently asked questions about sickness absence and sick pay during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, including the rules on statutory sick pay and the position of people who are self-isolating or otherwise vulnerable.
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.