Where employees are entering or returning to the UK they may be required to quarantine for 14 days. If an employee is unable to work during this period, they may not qualify for Statutory Sick Pay. If employees are unable to do their job from home, they may need to take additional annual leave to cover the 14 days of self-isolation. However, employers are under no obligation to accept the request for additional annual leave so some may be rejected.
As restrictions ease, workplaces begin to open up again and with the winding up of the Coronavirus Job retention Scheme (which ends on 31st October 2020) many businesses are now having to turn their minds to considering various options to help keep their businesses profitable and on track. In collaboration with KBL Solicitors we have set out some of the options and legal considerations businesses will face when dealing with a reduction in trade and staffing requirements.
Although lockdown restrictions are beginning to lift many businesses will continue to be impacted by COVID-19. Moving online can have benefits for both the short and long term, particularly for businesses who depend on a physical location to operate from or their main customer base does.
Outside of the dreadful human cost, COVID-19 has brought immediate, dramatic and unprecedented challenges to the activity and outlook of the region’s businesses. Initial focus has rightly been crisis management, people and cost management, as well accessing central government support however there has been a discernible change in tone in recent weeks as to when and where the recovery will come.
The challenges caused by COVID-19 are far and wide and the impact on IT operations cannot be overstated, more so in businesses where the IT systems underpin customers’ services. We expect in the coming weeks organisations will begin to move focus from remote worker productivity to adapting to longer-term change in customer behaviour resulting in a surge in new digital initiatives.
It’s not unusual for digital scammers to use current events to inform the narrative of their deceptions, and the Coronavirus outbreak has provided an ideal platform for this.