With dozens of schools and nurseries reporting coronavirus cases in their first week back, already anxious staff may become more reluctant to attend work.

Solicitor and Head of our Education Team, Jane Hallas, tells Teach Early Years how educational leaders should approach these difficult situations and examines the dangers of forcing employees to return.

"Despite promising signs that things are improving for charity care managers, care homes must remain vigilant to avoid further COVID-19 outbreaks."

With the recent reintroduction of visitors being a pivotal turning point, Principal Health & Safety Consultant Charles Spencer shares his latest advice for charity-managed care homes.

Reinstating visits is an essential step in unlocking Britain's care homes and continuing to support residents' mental and physical health.

Principal Health & Safety Consultant Charles Spencer offers his advice on planning for and conducting visits safely in month's issue of The Carer (page 8).

Balancing safety measures with tight budgets in government-funded organisations

Nick Wilson, Director of Health & Safety Services, and James Tamm, Director of Legal Services at Ellis Whittam, explain how those within education, local government and the charity sector can sustain safety measures in the workplace despite financial constraints.

Test track and trace: Employees rights and coronavirus testing EXPLAINED

TEST track and trace is seen as crucial to the easing of lockdown measures in the UK. Express.co.uk explores what test track and trace means for employees and employers.

Long-term home working? Here’s what employers should know

Employers need to reappraise their responsibilities around working from home say Toyah Marshall and Charles Spencer of HR and legal expert Ellis Whittam.

Having made it through Super Saturday, Hospitality businesses must now fine-tune their safety precautions and remain vigilant in order to avoid a second wave.

In this article for CLH Digital, our Director of Health & Safety Nick Wilson explains a simple, systematic approach for deciding on appropriate risk control measures.

How homeworking could affect employers’ legal responsibilities

Originally borne out of operational necessity, many businesses have embraced homeworking with positive results. But what do employers need to know if a remote working set-up is going to become a more permanent arrangement? With certain legal implications, Toyah Marshall and Charles Spencer share three things to consider before flipping the switch.

Ensuring a smooth, safe return to work…

With just four days until non-essential retailers can get back up and running, James Tamm lists five things employers should do now to make the transition as stress-free as possible. Make sure you can tick these things off your reopening to-do list.

COVID-19 health and safety measures

Nick Wilson, Director of Health & Safety Services at Ellis Whittam, discusses the health and safety measures businesses in public and private sectors must now adhere to in light of COVID-19 when it comes to both the workplace and employers’ responsibilities for staff working from home.

The Care Home Environment

Principal Employment Law Adviser Toyah Marshall and Principal Health & Safety Consultant Charles Spencer combine forces for an in-depth look at the dual challenge facing care providers in this month's edition of The Care Home Environment.

Test track and trace: Employees rights and coronavirus testing EXPLAINED

With fears of a second peak, retailers planning to reopen from 15 June will need to establish protective measures in stores in a bid to gain customers’ trust and tempt them back from shopping online. Some are getting creative in their efforts – utilising technology to aid social distancing. Principal Health & Safety Consultant Charles Spencer shares his views on the practicality of Aldi's innovative traffic light system for other employers.

Protected disclosures and coronavirus

The law prevents employees from being disciplined, victimised or dismissed for speaking out about malpractice – this includes risks to health and safety. So are employers' hands tied if staff now refuse to come back to work for this reason? In this article for People Management, Principal Employment Law Adviser Toyah Marshall explains how employers can prevent health and safety concerns from becoming whistleblowing opportunities.

COVID-19: Dealing with practice staff concerns about returning to work

Having remained open throughout lockdown, GP practice staff have risen to the challenges created by COVID-19. But as demand for services increases, what happens when vulnerable team members and those who have been working from home need to come back to the surgery? In this article for Medeconomics, Principal Employment Law Adviser Toyah Marshall explains the rules around at-risk staff and offers a legal perspective on how to handle employees who are reluctant to return.

Furlough: Can an employer ask you to work while furloughed?

FURLOUGH is a key feature of the coronavirus job retention scheme announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak last month. So can an employer ask you to work while furloughed?

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