As previously reported in earlier updates, the return to work for staff carries with it obligations for employers to consider the Government Guidance on return to work and to undertake risk assessments in accordance with that guidance and guidance from Public Health England, the Health and Safety Executive, ACAS and any relevant trade association.
However, as our High Street non-essential stores and pubs and cafés start to re-open, there is a feeling of things ‘getting back to normal’ and we have noticed that this creates confusion for employers about their own arrangements for returning their staff to work. The fundamental starting point for employers is that they must follow the Government guidance.
The current Government guidance now contains a useful ‘assessment’ tool which helps employers navigate the slew of guidance which has been issued and identifies that first fundamental question: what is the current Government guidance on a return to the workplace.
The assessment tool can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-employee-risk-assessment and we would recommend that employers input their own information to determine that starting point.
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