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Re-opening workplaces

Our guidance on staffing decisions when reopening workplaces and working safely during Covid-19. Some businesses will be looking to return employees to workplaces and others will be planning ahead for when this is possible.

This raises questions around employees and premises. Employers will be facing many employment law issues concerning health and safety, vaccinations, medical testing, discrimination and rights to work and pay, including which employees should return to the workplace, who should stay at home, what happens if individuals don’t want to return and what are your legal obligations when it comes to making the workplace safe. Employers also need to consider issues with premises, including whether changes need to be made to the building’s common areas and floor plans and what changes, if necessary, needs to be negotiated with your landlord.

We have a range of materials to help guide you through these questions in line with legal requirements:

1. Coronavirus – FAQs on staffing decisions when reopening workplaces

2. Coronavirus – FAQs on managing a safe return to work 

3. Staffing decisions when reopening workplaces – flowchart

4. RE: Occupy - Managing-the-re-occupation-of-your-premises 

5. RE: Occupy - Real Estate FAQs for Tenants during Covid-19 

6. Coronavirus vaccination - FAQs for employers

Please contact us if you have any questions on your obligations as an employer or require any support in relation to Covid-19.

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