As many businesses start to return to the workplace now that the ‘work from home’ advice has been lifted, employers are starting to grapple with a range of potential issues. In this month’s Workplace Law, we examine a selection of these, including responding to bullying and harassment in the workplace, how best to support employees with mental health issues, and how best to approach the somewhat thorny issue of mask wearing. If you have any questions about any of these issues please do get in touch.
How best to tackle bullying and harassment in the workplace as employees return to the office?
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement, the work-from-home advice has officially been lifted from July 19th. This means that businesses can finally begin to regain some sense of normality with more workers returning to the workplace.
How best to support employees with long COVID
While for the fortunate majority COVID-19 is a relatively short-lived and mild illness, for others it can be a very serious and sadly sometimes fatal disease. For some, the virus can cause symptoms that last weeks or months after the infection. This ‘long COVID’ could hugely impact someone's ability to work or cause them to take prolonged periods of sickness absence.
Mask confusion: what should employers do about face masks for employees and customers now?
As of Monday 19 July, there is no longer a legal requirement for people in England to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces unless medically exempt. Instead, the Government’s latest advice leaves it to individual businesses to implement their own policies on masks, social distancing and check-ins to aid track and trace.