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Employment implications of new government guidance

Posted on: May 11th, 2020 by Ginny Hallam

Down-scaling of current measures means further changes and adjustment for employees and employers.

Here’s our initial thoughts:

  1. Flexible furlough – it’s clear that the government will take a flexible approach to measures designed to keep coronavirus under control. Furlough and unfurlough letters should be clear that adjustments may be needed at short notice.
  2. Testing and tracing – mentioned yesterday as increasingly important. Get ready for data protection impact assessments and clear policies on when and how you’ll use testing and tracing.
  3. Safe return to work – so far, more detail is required to be clear on whether you fall within a sector that is allowed back to work following the announcement yesterday that ‘if you can’t work from home you should go back to work’. Those returning need a clear ‘safe return to work’ policy dealing with issues including the need to avoid public transport where possible.
  4. Back to work letter – with increasing fines for failing to obey the government guidance, returning employees should be given a letter from you confirming your need for them to attend work. They’ll be able to show that letter to the police if they are stopped.
  5. Encouraging exercise – with the lifting of daily exercise restrictions, your ‘dealing with coronavirus policy’ may need updating.

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As ever, we need more clarity from the government in respect of yesterday’s announcement which we’ll no doubt receive this week. We’ll keep you up to date with the changes and what you need to do about them as the guidance unfolds.

This update is accurate on the date it was produced (11 May 2020), but may be subject to change which may or may not be notified to you. This update is not to be taken as advice and you should seek advice if anything contained within affects you or your business.