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:
Please contact us if you have any questions on your obligations as an employer or require any support in relation to Covid-19.
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.
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.
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.
Coronavirus – FAQs on staffing decisions when reopening workplaces15 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 specific issues in relation to deciding which employees should stay at home and what happens if employees do not want to come to work.
How to mitigate the risk of employment claims about working during Covid-19 – a table08 July 2021
Our table for employers sets out the practical steps to take in order to reduce the scope for claims from employees arising out of coming to work during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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.
RE: Occupy - Real Estate FAQs for Tenants during Covid-1917 June 2021
The impact of Covid-19 is constantly changing for the real estate sector: from construction sites and developments being shut down; to new approaches for planning inquiries and a mutable landscape for lease negotiations. Nothing is set in stone. Therefore, we have pulled together a selection of the questions we are being asked by clients and will be updating this regularly.
Businesses are facing many real and unique challenges as the world responds to COVID-19.
Return to office checklist
With all Covid-19 restrictions lifted in the UK on July 19th, many offices will be opening again for the first time since the pandemic began. We have created a free checklist with over 70 things businesses need to consider relating to their premises, employees, and data.