Editor's message: Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions and guidance on working from home have differed depending on where your business is located. As public health is a devolved matter, HR in organisations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales should follow the guidance that applies to your location.
While restrictions have now been lifted, employers still need to ensure that there is a safe environment for employees when they attend the workplace. You will need to consider your own policies on matters such as self-isolation, testing and mitigation measures, based around an assessment of the risks in the particular workplace.
Where your organisation is implementing a hybrid working model, to build on some of the benefits arising from remote working during the pandemic, you will need to have consulted with staff before making any decisions.
HR will be required to manage the needs of employees with particular circumstances that make it difficult for them to attend the workplace, such as health concerns, childcare or transport issues. Applying a blanket approach to all employees will not be appropriate.
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Susie Munro, senior employment law editor
HR and legal information and guidance relating to workplace management during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.