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COVID-19: Understanding your obligations and your employees’ rights

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared COVID-19 a pandemic.


Dealing with your business’ obligations following the outbreak of COVID-19 and the rapidly evolving situation leaves employers sailing in uncharted waters.


There is significant disruption to normal working patterns. In deciding how to respond to any given situation involving COVID-19, there are different legal aspects to be considered.


There may be questions regarding furloughing, the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, short time working, lay off and/or redundancy. Your business may have to deal with circumstances involving some of the following:


  • time off for working parents with childcare responsibilities whose child’s school has been closed


  • the legal implications of employees working from home and the health and safety issues to consider


  • what approach to adopt towards those working as a skeleton staff due to the absence of others for reasons surrounding COVID-19


  • dealing with casual staff if your business is closed


  • supporting pregnant employees and self-employed contractors


  • pay for employees who are self-isolating following medical advice or of their own volition


  • sick pay for employees who have or are suspected to have COVID-19 and absence management procedures


  • duties of privacy and safety concerning other employees if an employee has or is suspected to have COVID-19


  • employees wishing to cancel annual leave due to the COVID-19 outbreak.


Legal advice should be sought to address specific circumstances. We are here to help if you need our services.


Information on COVID-19 is changing on a daily basis and the first port of call for public health guidance should be Public Health England.


Helen Monson, Senior Consultant

Employment Law

hmonson@maddoxlegal.co.uk


#covid19 #employmentlaw #employeesrights #businessobligations #furloughing

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