As well as links to key websites, we have listed some things that employers should be thinking about below:
Government advice for employers is here.
ACAS advice is here.
Government have published guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme here.
Bates Wells have a useful summary of the Government's Job Retention Scheme on their website here.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) have an online factsheet giving advice on how employers should respond to the situation and support their employees. You can access the information here.
Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership have put together useful resources and links, information on wellbeing and resilience and toolkits and guidance relating to remote working here.
The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) have published an online live guide that shares information, resources and ideas that can be used to support people who are isolated or vulnerable during the COVID-19 crisis including employees.
Coronavirus related statutory sick pay
The scheme for claiming back coronavirus-related statutory sick pay paid to employees went live on 26th May 2020, find out more.
Covid-19 returning to the workplace planner. Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) have produced a useful flow chart to help employers to meet three key tests before bringing staff back. Read more.
General workplace safety risk assessment. Risk assessment is key in moving on as lockdown is eased, there are some useful templates here.
Mental Health and Wellbeing whilst returning to the workplace. With many employees and volunteers likely to remain working from home for some time, the Mental Health Foundation has produced some useful resources to help with mental health and wellbeing. Mind have also produced some training to help with this.
Bill allowing virtual board meetings passes first stage in parliament. The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill would allow charities to hold remote AGMs, even if their constitutions forbid it. Read more.
Issues for employers to consider:
As employers and volunteer managers we have a duty of care to everyone who works for us. We will also want to try to continue our work and support those who rely on us.
1. Workplace hygiene
To enable people to follow government advice, it may be necessary to provide additional facilities, cleaning materials and signage. Organisations may also want to consider advising changes such as avoiding physical contact with others.
2. Sick pay
If people are unwell they should not be in the workplace, and they have the usual entitlement to sick pay. If someone has been told by NHS 111 to self-isolate when symptom free, organisations should know what their policy would be.
3. Dependents leave
Similarly, people may be obliged to stay home to care for a sick dependent, or because a person or facility that usually cares for them is unavailable. They have the usual entitlement to dependents leave. Organisations should know what their policy would be if someone has to stay home for longer.
4. Working from home
This could be a good solution for some people (although obviously many jobs can’t be done from home), and some organisations will already have policies and processes which permit this. Organisations planning to do this for the first time should be aware of the health and safety and cyber security implications of this and develop plans to cover them.
5. Meetings, events and travel
Organisations should check and follow the latest Government policy on social contact / distancing. This will mean cancelling events, reorganising meetings and making only essential journeys. Organisations will need to consider what allowances or adjustments to make - always bearing in mind the duty of care.
6. Business continuity
Organisations may find it necessary to close buildings, cancel meetings, events and travel, and consider alternative ways of delivering their work. It is sensible to dust off business continuity plans, check insurance and ensure emergency contacts are up to date.
7. Delivering Differently
All organisations are advised to consider how to reconfigure their services or activities and deliver them in alternative forms. At this time, it is important to try to remain in contact with members and beneficiaries. Organisations receiving grants or contracts should contact their grants officer or commissioner urgently to agree adjustments.