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.
Coronavirus – FAQs on staffing decisions when reopening workplaces23 September 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 work23 September 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.
Staffing decisions when reopening workplaces - flowchart23 September 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 new measures on 22 September 2020
Are employees in Hong Kong required to take Covid-19 tests? Key employer considerations02 September 2020
In order to detect and cut any invisible transmission chains of COVID-19 in the community, the Hong Kong Government launched the Universal Community Testing Programme (the “UCTP”) on 1 September 2020, providing one-off free testing services to all Hong Kong residents.
How is Covid-19 affecting Employment Tribunals?27 August 2020
Covid-19 has created a significant backlog problem in the Employment Tribunal. Employers are increasingly likely to see claims relating to furlough and/or a safe return to work, and many hearings will be dealt with remotely.
Your ten point plan for the Autumn26 August 2020
This infographic sets out ten key considerations for employers following the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tips for managing grievances during the Covid-19 pandemic17 August 2020
Some sectors have seen high levels of employees on furlough or working from home. As restrictions ease and employees gradually start to return to “normal” working, this article considers the challenges HR may face in managing grievances that might arise during this time.
Flexible working post Covid-19 - sea change or nothing new?13 August 2020
The coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdown has caused millions to work from home for the first time - an experience likely to cause a surge in requests for flexible working arrangements once most employees are asked to return to the workplace. This article considers the legal position and the practicalities for employers in dealing with flexible working requests.