The Government’s Plan to Rebuild
Following the Prime Minister’s Sunday evening address to the nation and Monday’s news conference, the government has published the document “Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy”:
Step One of the government’s Plan to Rebuild sets out measures which take effect from Wednesday 13 May 2020 in England only:
We expect the new “Covid-19 Secure” guidelines to be updated further today and in the days ahead, providing the finer details on how employers should safely operate their workplaces. Our employment team will publish a summary of those guidelines as soon as we have a fuller picture of them. In the meantime, our employment department has already published some initial advice on steps that clients can take to prepare for a return to the workplace.
Additionally, clients may be guided by the following points set out government’s Plan to Rebuild:
Step Two of the Plan to Rebuild aims to take effect no earlier than Monday 1 June 2020 and will see a phased return to early year settings and schools, the opening of non-essential retail, and cultural and sporting events to take place without spectators and for broadcast only.
Step Three of the Plan to Rebuild will take effect no earlier than 4 July 2020 and contemplates opening some of the remaining businesses and premises that have been required to close, including personal care businesses like hair salons, hospitality, and leisure facilities like cinemas as long as they meet the COVID-19 Secure guidelines.
Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO) WFH security checklist
The ICO has published a “Working from home – security checklists for employers”. It says care should be taken to ensure that homeworking solutions are being used securely. The general principles are that:
Should you require any assistance with your employment arrangements during this difficult period, do not hesitate to contact the co-head partners of our employment department. Ewan Keen can be reached at 020 3206 2724 or email@example.com or Tamara Ludlow at 020 3206 2739 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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