Editor's message: As the world now knows from the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, infectious diseases can emerge and spread quickly as a result of global travel and other interconnections.
Workplaces can be incubators for disease, particularly if hygiene and infection control is poor, or if employees go to work when they are unwell.
Infectious diseases in the general population threaten the workplace and, without effective policies to prevent their spread or to respond to an outbreak, your organisation’s productivity and business continuity are at risk.
Stephen Simpson, principal employment law editor
Updated to flag up the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the processing of applications for settled status.
Companies that employ overseas citizens with soon-to-expire visas may be feeling anxious about how they will be affected by the travel bans and other restrictions brought by the coronavirus. New government allowances and guidance could provide some relief but, as Jonathan Beech asks, do these go far enough?
Employers can re-employ people who were made redundant or left their organisations after 28 February 2020 and make a claim for their wages, the government has clarified in its updated furlough scheme guidance.
As one of the measures included in the government's Good Work Plan, from 6 April agency workers will gain new rights to equal pay.
We answer frequently asked questions on workers taking emergency volunteering leave (EVL) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
What should employers do if they have new hires due to start work during the current crisis? Jo Faragher asks HR professionals and recruitment specialists for their advice.
Updated to reflect the latest government guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, published on 4 April 2020.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to infectious diseases.