Companies and their staff are gradually returning to work and whatever their area of business there are numerous legal hurdles and new responsibilities to overcome for employers, staff, clients and suppliers.
Employers have a ‘duty of care’ for staff, customers and anyone who visits the workplace. This means they must do all they reasonably can to support their health, safety and wellbeing in the new Covid-19 reality.
There are numerous sources of practical advice for different areas of employment, whether government or privately led, and there is advice common for all organisations:
- Make the workplace safe by encouraging staff to work from home, wherever possible;
- Complete a ‘risk assessment’, and take reasonable steps to prevent harm in the workplace and consult clearly with staff giving particular attention to those employees with disabilities and underlying health conditions.
Audley Chaucer understands the many concerns its clients, companies and staff have and is presently assisting and advising them how to navigate through the plethora of Covid-19 employment related matters.
As the situation inevitably changes it is likely more staff will be let go, therefore it is vital that both employers and employees are aware of their rights and obligations.
Contact Audley Chaucer for its experience with all employment matters and its critical awareness of the rights and responsibilities for business in the continually changing Coronavirus landscape.