Health & Safety and reintegration
The remaining Coivd-19 restrictions were lifted in England on 19 July 2021, including the instruction to work from home where possible. Many offices will be opening again for the first time since the pandemic began. Although the government no longer requires employers to take certain steps, employers need to think carefully about how to manage the health and safety implications of reopening workplaces.
Companies have obligations to ensure the health and safety of both their employees and visitors to their premises. They will also have to comply with continuing government guidelines in relation to managing workplace risks. Implementing a carefully considered return to work plan will be critical.
The government has updated its guidance for employers on working safely during coronavirus to reflect Step 4 and the removal of the remaining restrictions in the UK. We have produced a range of resources to help organisations consider these issues, including a useful guide on steps to consider during planning as well as a set of coronavirus FAQs on managing a safe return to work. We have an experienced team available to provide comprehensive support with developing a return to work plan, adapting working arrangements, communicating with employees and providing training to ensure the safety of your workforce.
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.
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.
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.
End of lockdown restrictions – what does the new workplace safety guidance say?15 July 2021
The government has updated its guidance on how to make workplaces Covid secure from 19 July 2021 when England moves to step 4 and most Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. This article sets out the most important issues for employers to consider in light of the new guidance.
End of lockdown restrictions – what should employers be thinking about?08 July 2021
The government has announced plans to lift the remaining Covid-19 restrictions in England on 19 July 2021, including the instruction to work from home where possible. This article looks at the immediate implications for employers and the issues for which they will need to decide on their approach and prepare.