Health and safety in the workplace

Acas 

Coronavirus: advice for employers and employees 
Basic advice for UK employers and workers in the event of a wider UK outbreak. It provides guidance on sick pay and recommends what employers should do if employees do not want to go to work, if someone becomes unwell at work, if someone with coronavirus comes to work, and if employers needs to close the workplace. 

CIPD 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for UK employers 
Factsheet from CIPD focused on how businesses can respond to the threat posed by global health emergencies such as COVID-19 and support their workforce, including the development of flexible resourcing plans. 

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Public Health England 

Covid-19 Safer workplaces guidance

The government has launched new guidance to help UK employers to get businesses back up and running and workplaces operating safely.

The guidance is broken down according to type of workplace rather than sector, with eight sets of guidelines in total. It sets out practical steps for businesses focused on five key points:

  • Work from home if you can.
  • Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment in consultation with workers or trade unions.
  • Maintain 2 meters social distancing wherever possible.
  • Where people cannot be 2 meters apart, manage transmission risk.
  • Reinforcing cleaning processes.

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

The government has also put in place a toolkit which may be of use to you and your clients

Department of Health & Social Care

Coronavirus action plan: a guide to what you can expect across the UK
The government's action plan outlines what it has done so far in response to the current coronavirus outbreak and what it plans to do next, depending on how the outbreak develops. It highlights HMRC's existing Time To Pay arrangements for businesses facing short-term cash flow issues (for example, as the result of subdued demand).