COVID-19: commonly asked HR queries – how we can help
As the coronavirus continues to escalate, employers are having to grapple with a wide range of issues – particularly around sick pay, homeworking and how to respond to a potential downturn in business. We have been helping HR teams with the following type of queries:
- If an employee self-isolates, or stays away from home as they are at ‘high-risk’ from coronavirus, do we need to pay them?
- If an employee needs to take time off because their child’s school has closed, do we need to pay them?
- When can we ‘lay off’ employees, or impose ‘short-time working’?
- Should we count coronavirus-related absences towards our absence ‘trigger points’?
- If an employee refuses to self-isolate, can we prevent them from accessing our premises?
- Who is responsible for meeting the costs associated with homeworking?
- Can we refuse holiday requests?
- Can we avoid collective redundancy consultation in an ’emergency situation’?
- If we suspend a pregnant woman for health and safety reasons could that trigger the start of her maternity leave?
- Can we withdraw a job offer, or delay a new start’s commencement date?
Please get in touch with your usual Brodies contact if you would like to discuss any issues relating to coronavirus, or would like to request a free trial of Workbox.
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