Coronavirus - workplace management
After a period of relative stability, the number of COVID-19 cases is on an upward curve. Local lockdowns have been enforced and government guidelines are constantly changing, all of which presents new and ongoing challenges for HR.
The return to the workplace has started for many organisations, but that workplace is likely to look very different to the pre-coronavirus (COVID-19) one, and HR professionals are already looking at how their practices will need to change to adapt.
Government measures intended to reduce health risks during the coronavirus pandemic add a new layer of complexity to employers' health and safety responsibilities. Louis Wustemann examines what employers need to do to remain compliant.
Many organisations moved to large-scale homeworking overnight when coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown arrangements were introduced. But as governments ease restrictions, some are now actively considering whether or not the arrangements could be made permanent.
With many people either working from home or furloughed for the past two months, there has been much discussion about the impact of lockdown on employees' mental health, but what about the effect on their physical health and what could this mean for the return to work?
Employers could be exposing themselves to allegations of discrimination if they require employees who live with a clinically vulnerable person to return to work. Sophie Vanhegan examines the risks.
Employers in England are being encouraged to reopen workplaces to staff who cannot work from home, while those in other parts of the UK are likely to be making plans ahead of similar moves. Sheila Attwood reports on how respondents to XpertHR's fourth HR and coronavirus survey are preparing for the return to work.
Can our office reopen yet? Do we have to provide staff with PPE? Many concerns about the return to work still remain. Joanne Moseley, senior associate at law firm Irwin Mitchell, rounds up some of the most frequently asked questions and explains what the current guidance says employers should do.
One current issue for HR is those employees who are concerned about being required to come into work during the coronavirus crisis. Consultant editor Darren Newman considers what the health and safety provisions of the Employment Rights Act 1996 mean for such employees.
HR needs to begin planning how it will manage a return to work when government coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions are lifted. Here are 10 areas to think about now.
Commentary and analysis: HR and legal information and guidance relating to workplace management during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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