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      ‘Employees must play their part in social distancing and safeguarding’

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      As businesses return to the workplace following encouragement from the Government, employment law and health and safety experts warn that employees must play their part in adhering to occupational safety measures to ensure, so far as possible, a safe return to work. Government guidance continues to be that if employees can work from home that […]

      Communicate with your workforce, stay 1-metre ahead

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      Joanne Frew, National Head of Employment at global legal services business DWF, provides commentary on the Prime Minister’s announcement in the reduction of the 2-metre distance rule and what this means for employers… “The Recruitment & Employment Confederation has reported that business confidence in the UK has improved 17 percentage points between early May and […]

      Top challenges for return to work: Adequate safety measures and fearful employees

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      Over a third (36%) of UK businesses believe that implementing new health and safety measures in accordance with the Government’s recently published guidelines are the biggest challenge they face as lockdown eases and they attempt to return to the workplace, according to new research conducted by law firm Winckworth Sherwood. This was closely mirrored (29%) […]

      British Safety Council launches COVID-19 Assurance Assessment Service

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      The British Safety Council has today launched a new COVID-10 Assurance Assessment Service to support organisations returning to work, just as many PAs and Office Managers are beginning their own projects to that end. A detailed return to work guide can be used across all sectors and will enable organisations around the world to develop […]

      Sandals Resorts Enhances Health & Safety Measures

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      For nearly 40 years, Sandals Resorts has continuously implemented and strengthened health and safety protocols to ensure guests are able to enjoy their Caribbean holiday worry-free. In preparation to welcome guests back to the Caribbean, the company has introduced Sandals’ Platinum Protocols of Cleanliness, building on its existing industry-leading practices to guarantee cleanliness standards and […]

      British Safety Council launches new post-lock down support for employers

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      The British Safety Council has responded to the Government’s latest guidance on measures to limit the spread of coronavirus following the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on Sunday evening. The 60-page document sets out the UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy. The document includes setting out a new ‘more differentiated approach to risk’ and advises […]

      Five things companies need to consider before employees return to the workplace

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      by Kate Palmer, Associate Director of Advisory at Peninsula Earlier this week, the UK Government released a roadmap for easing lockdown provisions in England, including instructing workers to go back to work if they cannot feasibly work from home and their workplace is open. It’s important to note, that this does not mean that everything […]

      UK employees eager to return to work

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      Half of employees in the UK are ready to return to work post-lockdown, assuming their employer has the right safety process in place, according to a survey of 2,000 workers by the global legal business, DWF. A further quarter of workers say they may be ready to go back to work, although 18% believe it is […]

      Can employees refuse to return to the workplace after lockdown?

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      by Kate Palmer, Associate Director of Advisory at Peninsula In normal circumstances, staff refusing to come into work could potentially be treated as misconduct, provided they have no valid reason for doing so. However, the upcoming post-lockdown weeks are set to be far from normal. For many, the prospect of returning to work with the […]

      6 ways to make staff feel safer

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      Only one in three workers feel safe in their own workplace due to steps taken by their employer. That’s according to a survey commissioned by security systems provider Expert Security UK, which polled 2,000 people with the question ‘has your employer taken actions to ensure you feel safe in the workplace,’ with an overwhelming response […]