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Coronavirus – the employment implications - Handout

Glenys Bridges provides a summary of the current employment implications of the coronavirus outbreak.

Employers have a statutory duty of care for people's health and safety at work, so employers should ensure that the team is aware of what you are doing to protect people's health, including what to do if they develop symptoms of COVID-19. Schools are now closed due to COVID-19 (other than for key workers’ children and some vulnerable children). The main right for employees in this situation is emergency dependant leave to look after children. You may need to introduce temporary measures to protect the workforce and the practice. These measures include moving to short-time working by agreement with the employees, or ‘furloughing’ staff under the government scheme. If workers are asked to work extra hours to cover for absent staff (for example, due to staff furlough, or sickness), make sure you comply with your obligations under the Working Time Regulations.

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