Unable to guarantee social distancing at work

11 June 2020

We have inspected our building and reviewed our work activities but we cannot guarantee employees will be at least 1m apart at all times, as set out in social distancing requirements. Can we still open the workplace?

Provision of face masks for commuting

10 June 2020

With face coverings becoming mandatory on public transport, are we, as the employer, required to provide employees travelling to work on public transport with face masks?

Lay-offs and short-time working — contractual terms

20 March 2020

I am experiencing financial difficulties within my company. The time has come, I have now decided to cut costs, introduce short-time working to reduce the wage bill and get the business back on its feet again. All the staff have a clause in their contract of employment entitling me to lay them off work or to introduce short-time working. Is there any more that I should know?

Lay-offs and short-time working — no contractual rights

20 March 2020

My business is going through a bad spell. I can’t meet the present wage bill. Can I just put the staff on short-time working until the financial and economic situation improves? There is nothing in the staff’s contract of employment about this.