Managing Coronavirus Issues at Work

Managing Coronavirus Issues at Work

There are a number of risks posed by Coronavirus that employers will need to be aware of. It is important to remember that employers have a duty of care towards their employees and must take reasonable steps to protect the health and safety of their workforce.

Quidance notes and Q&A:

  • What is the Coronavirus?
  • What are the symptoms?
  • How is the virus passed on?
  • Employer considerations
    • Duty of care
    • Wellbeing
    • Employees located in severely affected areas
    • Business travel
    • Self-isolation and pay
    • If an employee has a confirmed case of Coronavirus
    • Recovery of SSP
    • Employers who have concerns about an employee’s exposure to the virus
    • Employees who refuse to come to work due to concerns
    • Discrimination, bullying and harassement
    • Employees about to go on holiday
    • Closure of business
    • Closure of schools etc
    • Hygiene measures
  • Q&A
    • Can I cancel an employee’s annual leave if I know they are going to a severely affected area?
    • Do I have to allow employees to cancel their booked period of annual leave if they cannot travel abroad as planned?
    • As a deterrent to travel, can I deduct pay from employees who insist on going to a severely affected area on annual leave?
    • I have an employee who was in China on holiday and now can’t get home because their flight has been cancelled. What should I do?
    • We are due to have visitors to our London office from our China office next month. Should be postpone the visit?
    • One of my employees has recently come back from Japan and told me that they were informed during the flight that there was a suspected case of Coronavirus on the aeroplane. What should I do?
    • My employee has told me they have family due to visit from China next month. I am worried that their risk of infection will increase. What can I do?
    • We regularly receive packages that have been sent from China. The staff in my post room are concerned about exposure to the virus and are refusing to touch them. What can I do?
    • The business next to mine has sent all of its employees home because of Coronavirus. Should I do the same?
    • One of my employees has contracted the virus. Do I just pay sick pay as normal?

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