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.
Coronavirus vaccination - FAQs for employers26 July 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 employers26 July 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.
Coronavirus – FAQs on managing a safe return to work23 July 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.
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.
Coronavirus – our sixth employer survey22 July 2021
We have resumed our Covid benchmarking series to find out how employers are responding to the lifting of lockdown restrictions.
Getting ready for office reopening - Employment law considerations infographic21 July 2021
Employers have various issues to consider now that full reopening is permitted from 19 July 2021. Our updated infographic highlights the key issues on re-opening offices with links to supporting guidance.
Furloughing employees - FAQs for employers on the coronavirus job retention scheme20 July 2021
The furlough scheme is due to end on 30 September 2021, with employer contributions gradually increasing from July onwards. These FAQs cover all aspects of how the scheme operates.
Staffing decisions when reopening workplaces - flowchart20 July 2021
We have updated our flowchart to help employers decide which employees should attend their workplace following the removal of most legal restrictions in England from 19 July 2021.