Hospitality, tourism, and a green recovery

20 July 2020

The hospitality and tourism sectors have been particularly harmed by the economic repercussions of Covid-19. With no clear end to the crisis in sight, means of conserving funds or securing government aid will be vital to these businesses. However, it is possible that these organisations could benefit from a green economic recovery that prioritises protecting the environment and sustainability. Tim and Caroline Hand report.

Managing staff who refuse to return to work post lockdown

20 July 2020

As workplaces start to reopen in England following the coronavirus lockdown, it is highly likely that staff are going to be nervous when returning to work, with some even refusing to do so. Ben McCarthy, lead researcher and employment law writer at Croner-i, explores what employers should consider in this situation.

Whose site is it anyway?

17 July 2020

Roland Finch points out that being clear on where construction work is sited and who is responsible for the site can prevent problems further down the line.

Re-opening the workplace after lockdown — part 1

17 July 2020

On Sunday 10 May 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that he had been working on guidance for employers in England on how workplaces can remain COVID-19 secure. This guidance was released on Monday 11 May 2020 as eight documents, each covering different sectors. There are some commonalities covering every sector.

Risk assessment in adult social care

17 July 2020

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) stress the need for risk assessments to be “proportionate” and “balanced” and to reflect a common-sense approach where health and safety are an integral part of running an organisation.

Re-opening the workplace after lockdown — part 2

17 July 2020

In this article, we cover what measures employers may wish to put in place when re-opening the workplace, relating to revising working methods, employee training and absence management, as well as some of the more common HR considerations. The first part of this article covered matters relating to hygiene, cleaning and social distancing.

Coronavirus and risk assessing vulnerable employees

17 July 2020

Government guidance states that employers “should have particular regard to whether the people doing the work are especially vulnerable to Covid-19”. Mike Sopp offers some practical suggestions.