Returning to work - Coming out of lockdown
Returning from Furlough
You may require employees to return from furlough at any time and if this is the case then it is recommended that this is put in writing and kept on personnel files for 5 years.
Here is a template letter to notify an employee of their return to work.
Should you find that you wish to place an employee back on furlough after returning, then you can do so and should issue the Notice of Furlough again for the new period of furlough. Please remember that each new period of furlough must be a minimum of 3 weeks for you to claim via HMRC.
Current Guidance for Employers
This is the current guidance issued on 18th May 2020 to view here
NHS Test and Trace
With the introduction of the test and trace service from the NHS, you may find that employees are contacted by tracing agents who may advise them to self isolate for 14 days as it has been shown they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. Where this is the case then SSP can be paid for upto 2 weeks.
The full guidance can be found here
Assessing the Risks for your Employees
If you are starting to return to work then you must ensure you have made a risk assessment of your business considering Covid-19 and you may also require a method statement to support this. Here are a couple of suggested templates for this (Please note that as these resources are provided free of charge they do not constitute advice and we cannot confirm the suitability of the documents for your business)
Risk Assessment - For Construction
Risk Assessment - For Manufacturing
Risk Assessment - For Office based businesses
Risk Assessment - For Shops / Garden Centres
Method Statement - For Construction
Site Operating Procedures - Published by Construction Leadership Council
Government Guidelines for Secure Working
These are some of the published guidances for different industries to help you prepare for keeping your workers safe.
Construction / Outdoors Work
Factories / Plants and Warehouses
Offices and Contact Centres
Working in other peoples homes
Shops and Branches
Working in vehicles
It is also a requirement that you publish around the workplace awareness posters to encourage Employees to follow guidelines which you can download here:
Stay safe, stay alert
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