Pandemic Management: What is the effect of Covid-19 on Employment law?

Pandemic Management: What is the effect of Covid-19 on Employment law?


With lockdown easing over the summer, numbers of new cases rising daily and winter on the horizon, the chances of a second spike look increasingly likely.

So, what does this mean for your legal team? How can you protect your organisation? What should you consider vis-à-vis employees, supply chain, contracts and customers?


Join our next senior counsel event


Our next senior counsel event will be hosted on the 14th October, which will include an update from Iain Larkins, Founder and CEO and Sandra Martins, Head of Employment at Radius Law exclusively focusing on Commercial and Employment updates from Radius Law. They will also highlight the key priorities for legal departments from recent government and regulatory guidance updates and suggest some practical next steps.

Our PSLs have considered what are the key risk management measures your organisation can take now.

Areas to consider will include:

  • auditing the best practices since the pandemic started
  • updating your pandemic management strategy and plan and aligning this seamlessly to your business continuity arrangements
  • revisiting your risk register and ensuring you have carried out (and are addressing issues raised by) relevant risk assessments
  • reviewing your policies and procedures—ensuring they reflect ways of working and consistently updated
  • refreshing staff communications and training on key topics, such as health and safety, information security and confidentiality


Effects of Covid-19 on Employment Law


 During these uncertain times, we expect that lawyers are dealing with many ‘ad-hoc’ instances of absence or self-isolation where staff:

  • have symptoms/a positive test
  • are self-isolating because they have been in close contact with someone who’s tested positive
  • are self-isolating because they have returned from a non-exempt country
  • don’t want to return to the workplace e.g. because they are clinically extremely vulnerable (but no longer shielding), or ‘just’ vulnerable, or live with someone in one of those categories, or because they are generally anxious about social distancing at work or on their commute


How LexisNexis can help


Regarding employment law specifically, please see the following practice notes to support the content from the session:

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—sickness absence and pay

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—dealing with issues in the workplace

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—returning to the workplace

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—employment data protection issues

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—holiday and holiday pay  

Flexible working

Coronavirus (COVID-19) employment issues—overview  an overview of all our Coronavirus-related materials.


Further reading


We have published an extensive collection of Q&As covering risk and compliance during the pandemic, which may also help your preparations. See:

•             Should I review my workplace first aid arrangements in the light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?

•             How can I ensure my organisation and staff stay safe while using video-conferencing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?

•             What are the key financial crime-related risk areas for compliance during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and what are the pitfalls to avoid when dealing with those risks?

•             What cybercrime risks do I need to consider during a pandemic (eg coronavirus (COVID-19))?

•             What technology risks are associated with temporary homeworking?



We look forward to seeing you on the 14th October for the Commercial and Employment law update. Register here. 
For non-subscribers, please see our Employment guidance overview for more information on LexisPSL, and fill in the form below for a free trial.



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Louisa leads marketing for the in-house legal community at LexisNexis. She joined the dedicated in-house team at LexisNexis four years ago and has a passion for driving and facilitating initiatives which are customer-focused at their heart. Her vision is to support in-house counsel succeed in their fast-evolving role based on deep insight, data analysis and best practice gathered across the in-house community.

Prior to her in-house focused role, Louisa led the marketing for the bar and mid-market private practice sectors as well as product marketing lead for LexisPSL - LexisNexis' cloud based, practical guidance and legal research software solution.

She brings 20 years' marketing experience both client and agency side, specialising in B2B marketing in the Legal, TMT (Telco, Media and Technology) and Financial Services industries. In both South Africa, Europe and the UK.

Louisa is also an active member on the LexisNexis Gender Equality Matters (GEM) steering committee and is involved with the Families at LexisNexis Group which brings together, supports and lobbies for change those with an interest in balancing the challenges of work and family.