Expert advice and guidance from In House Professional Business Services on HR for Staff during Coronavirus.

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This article has been shared by James Hazel, Director of In House Professional Business Services based at Burton Waters in Lincoln.
This is drafted from the perspective of a business seeking to reassure staff about its plans to deal with the outbreak.

It represents more or less the statutory basic minimum in terms of rights, with a few exceptions. The idea is that you will be able to add in any additional benefits that you want to include. The particular areas where you may wish to consider offering additional support, subject to resource and practicability, is:

  • Zero hour staff who effectively could be told there are no hours available
  • Parents having to stay off work because of school closures
  • Contractual sick pay for people self-isolating on advice but who are not ill
  • SSP is currently payable from day 4, but new regulations (yet to be published) may require SSP to be payable from day 1, with provision for recovering the cost from central government. There is also likely to be a requirement for employer’s to allow staff to self-certify for up to 14 days, which we have suggested employers adopt as a matter of practicality anyway, and which is covered in the FAQ attached
  • Parental leave: you may wish to consider relaxing the criteria

There are various solutions that we know some clients are looking in to and we’re happy to help anyone with queries, including with additional resources such as a Work from Home Policy.

This document is provided free of charge. It is not intended to be specific legal advice, but a starting for your own policy which we are happy to help you adapt.

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