The government has released its “road map” for returning to some sort of normal after lockdown and guidance on working safely during Covid-19. In response, 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, 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:
Please contact us if you have any questions on your obligations as an employer or require any support in relation to Covid-19.
Are employees in Hong Kong required to take Covid-19 tests? Key employer considerations02 September 2020
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Your ten point plan for the Autumn26 August 2020
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Staffing decisions when reopening workplaces - flowchart03 August 2020
We have produced a useful flowchart which will help employers to decide which employees can return to work as part of the Covid-19 road to recovery.
Coronavirus – FAQs on staffing decisions when reopening workplaces03 August 2020
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Blanket return to offices ‘risky strategy’, say lawyers: Colin Leckey and Helen Coombes comment for British Safety Council27 July 2020
Desk-based workers should return to offices from 1 August, as long as it is safe to do so, but employers who open their doors should be wary.