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Coronavirus – Considerations for Employers

The global situation with coronavirus is constantly changing. Although it’s clearly not a time for UK employers to panic, it is worth considering how you will react if the position in the UK worsens.

Here are a few things for you to think about:

  • Consider your general health and safety duties – you’re likely to be required not to place employees at undue risk of infection.
  • Keep an eye on the latest World Health Organisation and UK Government guidance.
  • Consider additional hygiene measures – antibacterial wipes/gels, arrange for equipment to be cleaned etc.
  • Pay attention to staff with pre-existing medical conditions, or who are pregnant, who might be at higher risk if they became infected.
  • Keep in line with Foreign & Commonwealth Office advice not to allow staff to travel to a small number of specific regions unless it’s essential.
  • Consider how you will react if an employee develops coronavirus or refuses to attend work because of the perceived risk of becoming infected.
  • Develop a clear communications plan to show your staff that you are considering their welfare and taking a measured approach

The Government is releasing regular updates which can be found here and ACAS have also produced guidance for employers which can be found here.

For specific advice on planning within your business, please contact a member of the employment team at Actons on 0115 9 100 200 or send them an email.

Posted on February 28, 2020

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