Stephen SimpsonEditor's message: As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, key issues for HR professionals include:

  • assessing the risks to, and safeguarding the health of, workers;
  • managing absence, including ensuring that workers who should be self-isolating do not attend work;
  • supporting workers who have carried on working through the crisis; and
  • managing staff who are being asked to continue working from home.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme closes at the end of October and is replaced by the Job Support Scheme. The new scheme starts on 1 November 2020 and runs until 30 April 2021.

Now more than ever, HR professionals need to be adaptable and base their actions on the latest government advice, existing health and safety at work obligations, operational needs and financial realities, ongoing risk assessments, and how any safeguards put in place are working in practice.

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Stephen Simpson, principal employment law editor

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