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

  • supporting essential workers who have carried on working through the crisis;
  • assessing the risks to, and safeguarding the health of, returning workers;
  • managing staff who are being asked to continue working from home; and
  • recalling furloughed staff who can go back to work.

For employers that need to keep workers on furlough, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended to run until the end of October. However, the scheme rules will be changed from the start of July to allow furloughed workers to return to work part-time.

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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HR and legal information and guidance relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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