Employers can require workers to take holiday and cancel workers' holiday, provided enough notice is given, and furloughed workers continue to accrue statutory holiday entitlements, it has been confirmed in newly published government guidance.
'Practical guidelines' have been published to help employers make workplaces as safe as possible, including the expectation that all employers with 50 or more staff should publish COVID-19 risk assessments.
Public Health England has told employees who play a key role in advising the government on its coronavirus response to avoid sharing desks and stick to a one-way system in its corridors, among several other measures.
Around a third of payroll departments have been put under pressure due to the coronavirus outbreak - citing reduced team capacity, remote working challenges and concerns about staff having the right infrastructure and resources to work from home.
Employers need to consider whether it is fair or reasonable to conduct a disciplinary or grievance procedure while staff are working from home, following social distancing guidelines at work, or are on furlough.
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