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Re-opening workplaces

On Monday 19 July 2021 the government lifted the remaining Coivd-19 restrictions in England, including the instruction to work from home where possible.

However, the government is not expecting or recommending that everyone returns to the office immediately and most employers are likely to adopt a cautious approach, at least initially. The government has updated its guidance for employers on working safely during coronavirus to reflect Step 4. Employers must consider the implications of this when re-opening workplaces – employers still have a legal duty to manage risks to their employees and to mitigate any identified risks.

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.

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. Return to office checklist

4. Staffing decisions when reopening workplaces – flowchart

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

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

7. Coronavirus vaccination - FAQs for employers

8. Workplace testing – FAQs for employers

9. Lewis Silkin - How to mitigate the risk of employment claims on return to work during Covid-19 – a table

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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