Coronavirus Guidance For Businesses
Coppice HR is assisting companies work through the challenging coronavirus pandemic. Employers MUST recognise that it is their employees’ health and well-being that is paramount. Employers have a statutory duty of care for people’s health and safety at work and individuals have an individual responsibility to prevent the spread of the virus.
Businesses should focus on planning and prevention with both determination and composure. Immediately protecting staff and to plan for disruptions as the virus spreads is crucial. The latest Government advice is that people should work from home wherever possible so businesses should take steps to achieve this.
We recommend that companies do the following:
- Develop an understanding of the requirements for working from home and ensure that communication is maintained. It can be very lonely working from home.
- Make sure everyone’s contact numbers and emergency contact details are up to date.
- Ensure that all employees know how to report any risk to themselves from COVID-19 and that all potential incidents are reported to HR so they can understand the overall risk to the workforce and business continuity.
- Make sure all staff are aware of your response as an employer and what you are doing to protect people’s health and reduce the risk of infection spreading.
- Continue to communicate Government advice as the situation changes.
- Make sure employees are clear on any relevant policies and processes, for example sickness reporting and sick pay, homeworking and procedures in case someone in the workplace develops the virus.
Above all, employees should work from home, follow social distancing protocols and take account of government advice.
If you have any HR questions, please call 07814 008478 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be pleased to offer help in this difficult time.