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 recently published 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 four-step plan to ease lockdown, along with 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.
Furloughing employees - FAQs for employers on the coronavirus job retention scheme03 March 2021
Coronavirus vaccination - FAQs for employers03 March 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.
Coronavirus – FAQs on staffing decisions when reopening workplaces25 February 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 work25 February 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, medical testing, contact tracing and adjusting hours and responsibilities.
Staffing decisions when reopening workplaces - flowchart06 January 2021
We have updated our flowchart to help employers decide which employees should attend their workplace during the Covid-19 pandemic following the introduction of a new national lockdown throughout England
Sickness absence and sick pay during the Covid-19 pandemic - FAQs for employers06 January 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, “shielding” or otherwise vulnerable.
Back to tiers - what do the new regulations say about office working?22 December 2020
New legislation re-imposed a tier system in England from 2 December 2020 and new tier 4 restrictions were implemented in some areas from 20 December 2020. We look at what it means for office workers.