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Returning from Furlough Leave

Steps Businesses should take during Covid-19, and how to get their staff back into work after returning from Furlough Leave

As businesses look at re-opening after lockdown and returning to some form of “new normal” we thought it would be a good idea to provide employers with guidance to returning to a safe environment as we continue to battle Covid-19.

Here are our 5 steps…

  1. Carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment and share the results with your employees.
  2. Engage employees in 1-2-1 meetings to discuss:
    1. the Covid-19 risk assessment
    2. furlough period ending and return dates
    3. any concerns or obstacles in returning to work
  3. Ensure you can comply with the government guidelines on
    1. cleaning, hand washing and hygiene procedures by:
      1. placing posters up to set out the company policy
      2. creating video content
      3. providing gel sanitisers and paper towels for drying hands
      4. having a strict policy not to allow employees suffering from any ill health to attend the office
      5. ensuring there is frequent cleaning and disinfecting of objects and surfaces that are regularly touched (particularly door handles and reception areas)
    2. social distancing by:
      1. having work spaces 2 metres apart by having visible lines to mark distances
      2. combining home working with coming into the office
      3. being flexible with start and finish times.
  4. Continue to conduct meetings through video conferencing facilities.
  5. Remain flexible and consider reasonable adjustments, such as continuing to work from home or remaining on furlough. Employers should avoid blanket policies and consider personal circumstances especially in respect of childcare issues and mental health impairments to avoid discrimination claims.

If you need help and advice on this topic, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0113 350 4030 or at hello@scesolicitors.co.uk.


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SCE Solicitors is a boutique employment law and litigation practice based in Leeds which advises clients nationwide. Please note that the information in this blog is to provide information of general interest in a summary manner and should not be construed as individual legal advice. Readers should consult with SCE Solicitors or other professional counsel before acting on the information contained here.

Samira Cakali

Samira Cakali is a pragmatic and approachable solicitor advocate with extensive contentious and non-contentious experience in the fields of employment law as well as civil litigation, within a range of commercial businesses from SME’s to multinationals as well as senior executives.

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