Restarting our businesses is far more complex than shutting down. A raft of guidance and documents are being develooped daily. The documents below will, hopefully, be of help to give background knowledge from other countries, who are addressing the same problems as well as direct support from the UK.
Find out about taxable expenses and benefits when they are paid to employees because of coronavirus and how to report them to HMRC.
what you need to know about getting government support if you’re a furloughed employee.
This guidance outlines how holiday entitlement and pay operate during the coronavirus pandemic. It is designed to help employers understand their legal obligations, in terms of workers who:
- continue to work
- have been placed on furlough as part of the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)
This guidance should not be treated as legal advice. Employers and workers should always check individual contracts and if necessary seek independent legal advice.
RETURN TO WORK DOCUMENTS:
Government has drafted its road map to get us back to work (England only, not Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland who are all on full lockdown):
Government 5 key points for companies returning to work.
- Work from home, if you can
- Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment, in consultation with workers or trade unions
- Maintain 2 metres social distancing, wherever possible
- Where people cannot be 2 metres apart, manage transmission risk
- Reinforcing cleaning processes
It is a requirement for all companies of 5+ employees to conduct a risk assessment and encouraged, for companies of 50+ employees, to publish the risk assessment or a summary.
For a wider perspective on:
- Simple ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your workplace
- How to manage COVID-19 risks when organizing meetings &events
- Things to consider when you and your employees travel
- Getting your workplace ready in case COVID-19 arrives in your community
go to the WHO Getting Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19 document getting-workplace-ready-for-covid-19
UK WORKPLACE GUIDELINES:
The 8 guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep employees safe.
Please note – guidance for pubs and restaurants has not yet been drafted.
- Construction and other outdoor work – Guidance for people who work in or run outdoor working environments.
- Factories, plants and warehouses – Guidance for people who work in or run factories, plants and warehouses.
- Homes – Guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to home environments as well as their employers.
- Labs and research facilities – Guidance for people who work in or run indoor labs and research facilities and similar environments.
- Offices and contact centres – Guidance for people who work in or run offices, contact centres and similar indoor environments.
- Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery – Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants offering takeaway or delivery services.
- Shops and branches – Guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments.
- Vehicles – Guidance for people who work in or from vehicles, including couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles, field forces and similar.
- Public Transport – Guidance for safer travel and safer transport operations during the next phase of the coronavirus
- Public Transport Operators – Safer working principles and risk assessment for transport operators and organisations.
HSE GUIDANCE DURING CORONAVIRUS:
- Working Safely During the Coronavirus Outbreak
- Managing Risks and Risk Assessment at Work
- Reporting RIDDOR during Coronavirus
- Advice to Distribution Centres and Other Sites on Maintaining Social Distancing at Work
- Examination & Testing of Lifting Equipment During Coronavirus
- Legionella risks because of water stagnation during the coronavirus outbreak
- Consulting with workers or trade unions
- Risk of Air Conditioning spreading coronavirus is extremely low:
If you use a centralised ventilation system that removes and circulates air to different rooms, it is recommended that you turn off recirculation and use a fresh air supply.
You do not need to adjust other types of air conditioning systems.
If you’re unsure, speak to your heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) engineers or advisers.
Good ventilation is encouraged to help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.
BUSINESS SUPPORT WEBINARS:
- for topics that cover support from HMRC,
- for international trade,
- for small businesses and changes to reporting, regulation and tax,
- working safely
FOOD STANDARDS AGENCY ADVICE:
REOPENING AND ADAPTING YOUR FOOD BUSINESS DURING COVID-19:
Guidance on hygiene and food safety requirements for food businesses to reopen and operate safely during COVID-1
Includes advice for:
- Farming & Agriculture
- Food Manufacturers
- Restaurants & Takeaways