27 February 2020 #Employment
The recent surge in European cases has been met with a myriad of governmental guidance, including the following ACAS advice.
The advice is framed around the need to keep employees away from the office or asking them to work remotely. Acas advises that, where someone has recently returned from an infected area, first:
Absence from work is a well-established and common cause of stress among employees. Acas advises that coronavirus related absences should be treated as if sick leave. By sticking to their existing polices and being transparent with those effected, the employer will massively mitigate the risk of an employee feeling compelled to come to work and therefore risk spreading the virus.
Acas finishes with advice on tackling a temporary closure of the workplace. In that event the employer should consider:
The World Health Organisation recently announced that the majority of new cases are now outside of China. Businesses will be forced to adapt and whilst there is no precedent for this form of a viral outbreak, following this advice is a good way to get ahead.
You can find the full guidance here.