All employers will clearly be concerned about the impact on their staff and business of the COVID-19 outbreak.  In addition to ensuring employees have a safe place to work, employers will need to facilitate remote working where possible and devise plans to deal with possible resourcing and supply chain issues, including considering the implications of temporary slowdowns or closures.

Our detailed briefing here sets out some key issues which UK employers may have to consider over the coming weeks, including handling sickness absence and self-isolation, travel, health data, homeworking, working parents and lay-offs/redundancy.  This covers the government’s recent announcements to 24 March, including the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further advice.

We have also published a practical guide to some of the immediate key issues facing employers across Europe in the context of the current health crisis, available here.