Coronavirus Workplace Guidance

Restarting our businesses is far more complex than shutting down.  A raft of guidance and documents is being developed daily.  The documents below will, hopefully, be of help.

RETURN TO WORK DOCUMENTS:

Government has drafted its road map to get us back to work (England only,  Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own roadmaps):

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 (1m+ from 4th July 2020, when you can mitigate the risk by taking other precautions. )
  • 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.Opening certain businesses and venues in England from 4 July 2020

HSE GUIDANCE DURING CORONAVIRUS:

TRAVEL & QUARANTINE REGULATIONS:

  • UK Travel Corridors – from 12th July, travel corridors were established where the 14 day quarantine rules do not apply upon return to the UK.
  • Safer Travel Guidance for Passengers Using Public Transport
    • Work from home if can, avoid public transport if have to go to work, if have to use public transport avoid rush hour
    • From 15th June the wearing of a face covering (not mask) is mandatory on public transport – exemptions for very young; disabled and those with breathing difficulties.  Can be refused travel and fined if no face covering.
    • Initiatives for other transport – a “Fix Your Bike” voucher (worth £50); existing Cycle to Work Scheme, which is now extended to electric bikes.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): travellers exempt from English border rules – You still need to follow the same rules as people who live in the UK, even if you’re exempt from self-isolating for 14 days after you arrive. Check the rules for the devolved nation you’re staying in.

PPE HUB:

BUSINESS SUPPORT WEBINARS:

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

Find out about taxable expenses and benefits when they are paid to employees because of coronavirus and how to report them to HMRC.

How Different Circumstances Affect the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Support for furloughed employees

what you need to know about getting government support if you’re a furloughed employee.

Trade Credit Insurance Backed By £10 Billion Guarantee Government to provide guarantees of up to £10 billion to Trade Credit Insurance schemes for business-to-business transactions

HOLIDAY ENTITLEMENT & PAY DURING CORONAVIRUS:

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:

This guidance should not be treated as legal advice. Employers and workers should always check individual contracts and if necessary seek independent legal advice.

 

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