COVID-19: a guide for employers

COVID-19 is presenting an unprecedented challenge for businesses. With people at the heart of the crisis, in this booklet we provide guidance on the key issues for employers

13 November 2020

Date last updated: 13 November 2020

COVID-19 is presenting a global challenge on a scale that has not been seen in a generation. The effect on business is seismic from swingeing drop-off in consumer demand through to potential supply chain collapses. There are numerous issues to consider and people lie at the very heart of this crisis. With estimates suggesting that a fifth of the UK workforce could be absent from work at any given time in the months ahead, employers will have difficult decisions to make. In this booklet, we address the key issues for employers to consider. The situation is changing daily so expect to update your approach on a regular basis.

In this guide we cover:

  • Working safely
  • Absence from work and entitlement to pay
  • Employees with childcare issues
  • Working away from the workplace
  • Business travel
  • The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • Right to emergency volunteering leave
  • Managing holiday and extension to 'carry-over' provisions
  • Practical tips

This guide was written by Luke Bowery, partner in the Employment team. If you have any queries regarding what is covered in the guide, please contact Luke Bowery or your usual Burges Salmon contact.

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Luke Bowery

Luke Bowery Partner

  • Employment
  • Restructuring and Redundancy
  • Equality, Diversity and Discrimination

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