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

10 March 2021

Date last updated: 10 March 2021

COVID-19 is presenting a global challenge on a scale that has not been seen in a generation. Whilst the continuing rollout of the vaccine to the UK population is welcome progress in the long fight against the virus, this rollout is complex and COVID-19 will continue to present a global challenge for many months to come. The UK government’s ‘roadmap’ out of the current lockdown for England, and the similar plans put in place by the devolved nations, represent a gradual easing of restrictions and will mean that, for the time being, employers must continue to grapple with the numerous issues that COVID-19 presents.

The situation changes frequently 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.

Following the news of the vaccine being rolled out, we have also written a new guide 'The COVID-19 vaccine: What does it mean for employers?'.

Key contact

Luke Bowery

Luke Bowery Partner

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

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