Coronavirus - COVID-19 - Employer FAQs


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COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on businesses, families, governments and day-to-day life across the globe. Employers have had to respond to changing government guidance and support.    

Employers should refer to:  for details of support available for businesses for the latest government guidance for the latest health information

Click the links below for our practical guidance for employers.

Easing lockdown and re-opening workplaces

As the lockdown begins to ease and workplaces re-open, employers will need to consider a wide range of issues, from health and safety to collective consultation.  With government guidance often leaving employers to take key decisions, businesses will need to balance risk and benefits carefully.

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Managing staff costs

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will end on 30 September 2021. Our practical summary provides a guide to making claims during its final few months. 

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Sick pay, SSP and self-isolation

We look at how sick pay rules (including statutory sick pay) interact with the guidance on self-isolation for those with or without symptoms. We also consider what this means for the self-employed. 

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Managing staff during the pandemic

Many staff will be concerned about the impact of the virus on them, their families and friends and their work. We consider what employers need to know about home-working, communication and employee wellbeing. 

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Government support for businesses and the self-employed

In the unprecedented circumstances of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government has announced a wide-ranging package of measures to try to ease the pressures on businesses. 

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Cyber-security and data protection

Cyber-security is already a key business risk with a spate of high-profile cyber-attacks. Those risks are even more acute with millions of employees now working from home. We answer some of the most common questions. 

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