Returning to the workplace – latest Covid-19 information
New guidance has been launched for employers to help them get their businesses back up and running and workplaces operating safely.
It goes without saying that the country has been thrown into an unprecedented amount of change during the last couple of months but the good news is that updates show the number of new Coronavirus cases are starting to fall.
Earlier this month the UK Government outlined its plans to enable certain sectors to return to work, if they couldn’t work from home. Whilst social distancing is likely to remain in place for a long time, there is also an indication that easing measures for certain sectors are being planned to enable businesses to return to the workplace.
Changes to lockdown restrictions will affect different sectors accordingly and the Government have released guidance on specific steps and measures that businesses can apply to their workplace.
Continuing to prioritise the health, safety and wellbeing of employees and customers remain key. There are also considerations that may need to be thought out such as those employees that cannot return to normal working practices, especially if their children are not in the years returning to school. Many people will also be concerned about returning to workspaces and could be anxious about travelling.
In addition, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended beyond the original end date to October 2020.
What businesses should be planning for now
To enable you to create a plan that prioritises the health and wellbeing of your people, customers, and suppliers, below is a link to a guide of useful links that have been compiled along with some helpful pointers.
Government Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic are also available
These 8 Government 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 people safe.
Further guidance will be published as more businesses are able to reopen and the most important thing is to regularly check for updates from the Government about returning to work over the coming weeks.
Throughout this period we have been working with our insurer partners to provide you with information which we hope will help your business. Please rest assured at Real Insurance we are completely focused on maintaining a high level of service and supporting our clients during this difficult period. Every member of the team has full working capability whilst away from the office, issuing renewals and handling any day to day queries you may have in relation to your insurance arrangements.
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