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

17 February 2021

Date last updated: 17 February 2021

COVID-19 is presenting a global challenge on a scale that has not been seen in a generation. Whilst the vaccine offers light at the end of the tunnel, its rollout will be complex and COVID-19 will continue to present a global challenge for many months to come. With lockdowns in place across the United Kingdom and with consumer demand still unpredictable, there are numerous issues to consider and people lie at the very heart of this crisis. In this booklet, we address the key issues for employers. 

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.

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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