Coronavirus HR Policies

The spread of COVID-19 (commonly referred to as Coronavirus) presents a continuing challenge for employers in that they have to, so far as is reasonably practicable, protect the health and safety of their workforce whilst maintaining the productivity of their business.

The employment team here at Slater Heelis are up to date with the latest government guidance and legal position. They are well equipped to help you prepare and put in place a coronavirus HR policy to assist with the management of the workplace.

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It is important to have measures in place to protect your workforce and business operations, as well as having reporting processes in place. Employees will want certainty and to be reassured that employers are responding to the latest Government guidance, so having a thorough, professionally drafted coronavirus HR policy is strongly recommended.

A clear policy should reassure your employees that you are taking the severity of the situation seriously. It also ensures that management have the tools to deal with situations as they arise and that a consistent approach is adopted across your organisation.

If you would like legal guidance in creating a coronavirus HR policy, our team is well versed and experienced to help you with this and address your HR and employment law concerns and queries.

Preparing a Coronavirus HR policy

When creating a coronavirus HR policy, it is important to ensure compliance with relevant laws and your contractual obligations to your employees.

Our employment law experts will gain an understanding of your business, the particular threats that the situation poses and prepare tailored policies to meet your specific business needs. It is also important that any coronavirus HR policy is consistent with and supplements any other policies that you may have in place (including but not limited to policies relating to absenteeism, agile working, data protection and holidays).

Speak with our employment law team to get started on preparing a Coronavirus HR policy as a step towards meeting your obligations as an employer.

If you are at all unsure about your obligations to your employees and/or what steps that you should be taking to ensure legal compliance, we recommend that you take specialist legal advice from one of the members of our employment team.