Editor's message: During the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the health and safety of your employees is paramount. Many organisations have asked employees to work from home, in order to reduce their risk of infection or contamination.
Where employees are still required to go into a workplace, they should be given guidance on areas such as reducing the spread of infection, not attending work if they feel unwell, self-isolation, and business travel restrictions, which can help all employees stay well.
While it is impossible for employers to remove all risks, your organisation must do what is "reasonably practicable” to protect the health and safety of employees and others. In practice, this means that it has to take steps to reduce or remove risks only where the time and cost is proportionate to the danger.
Stephen Simpson, principal employment law editor
Enhanced to include information on relaxations to coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak emergency measures.
Updated to include information on revised coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency measures.
Updated to reflect a relaxation of some measures related to the coronavirus pandemic, a temporary increase to the attachment of wages limits, the introduction of a measure governing the provision of notice for laid-off employees, and to reflect an extension to the corona parental leave scheme.
Updated to reflect Regulations in force from 6 July 2020 that clarify SSP entitlement for employees living in extended or linked households or where a person with coronavirus symptoms is notified that they are not infected.
Updated to reflect the Government's announcement on 8 July 2020 about the Job Retention Bonus for employers that retain furloughed employees.
A model HR letter to arrange a discussion with an employee with a health condition who is clinically extremely vulnerable to review what steps could be taken to allow them to return to work safely as the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown is eased.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to health and safety.