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Re-opening workplaces

How can employers manage workplace safety in a constantly evolving situation?

Employers will be facing many employment law issues concerning health and safety, including which employees should come to workplace, who should stay at home, what happens if individuals don’t want to come to work, 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:

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

1. How to mitigate the risk of employment claims – a table
2. RE: Occupy - Managing-the-re-occupation-of-your-premises
3. RE: Occupy - Real Estate FAQs for Tenants during Covid-19
4. Coronavirus vaccination - FAQs for employers
5. FAQs on workplace policies and decisions for Living with Covid

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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Return to the workplace: Making your workplace Covid secure

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In this video Patrick Brown discusses what steps corporate occupiers may need to take when making their offices covid secure.

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Return to the workplace: Discussing enhancements with your landlord

03 September 2021

In this video Patrick Brown covers important points to consider ahead of discussing changes to service requirements of landlords.


Return to the workplace: Dealing with surplus office space

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In this video Patrick Brown sets out options for corporate occupiers who have found themselves with surplus space post pandemic.

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In 2021, Lewis Silkin and HCG hosted three separate panel sessions where the views from senior members of the Occupier and Landlord communities were heard on a range of key, current topical issues within the real estate industry. This follow on-series brings together some of the key themes from those sessions in relation to ‘The Great Office Occupier/Developer Debate’ as we reflect on the past year, merging the best of the old ways of doing business with the best of what was learnt during the pandemic.

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