Coronavirus (COVID-19)—issues for employers
Coronavirus (COVID-19)—issues for employers

The following Employment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)—issues for employers
  • Relevant guidance
  • Easing of restrictions from 8 March 2021
  • Social distancing and who should go to the workplace
  • Government support schemes
  • Sickness and other absence
  • Managing staff who are at a higher risk
  • Homeworking
  • Testing and vaccination
  • Holiday and holiday pay
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—issues for employers

STOP PRESS (11/5/21): The Prime Minister confirmed on 10 May 2021 that planned Step 3 easements would go ahead as planned on 17 May, following a joint statement by the UK’s four chief medical officers recommending that the UK COVID-19 alert level move from level 4 to level 3. See: LNB News 11/05/2021 44. This Practice Note will be updated shortly to reflect these changes.

This Practice Note reflects the position under the easing of restrictions following the January 2021 third national lockdown, according to the Cabinet Office roadmap for Spring 2021, announced on 22 February 2021 and the what you can and cannot do guidance.

For information on the national lockdown restrictions that applied under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020, SI 2020/1374 between 6 January 2021 and 28 March 2021, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—national lockdown restrictions 6 January to 28 March 2021 [Archived].

This Practice Note gives an overview of the complex employment issues that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic raises for employers. Where appropriate, it refers to relevant legislation and guidance from government and other bodies, and signposts other Practice Notes where those issues are considered in more detail.

It covers the following issues as they may arise during the coronavirus pandemic:

  1. relevant guidance from government departments, Acas and other bodies (see: Relevant

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