Returning to the workplace after lockdown - what employers need to consider
Are you ready for your employees to return to the workplace? How do you plan to integrate people back into the office? Will you allow or encourage people to work from home or have a hybrid home/office blend?
How do you feel about non-vaccinated employees in the office? What if only half of your workforce is vaccinated? Are you prepared for staff complaints and issues around vaccination?
- Communicating the road map for moving back to the office or moving to a hybrid working model
- Flexible working arrangements – how to consider requests and balance these across the whole team
- Vaccination (including health and safety concerns and grievances)
- What to do if someone won’t come back to work in the office?
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The key points to take away from the webinar are:
- Communicating with staff about the return to work and issues arising from vaccinations is key;
- Many employers are approaching the return to work issue on a ‘workforce wide’ level and asking all staff for their views and requests on flexible working in the future – a hybrid approach to working from home is emerging in many business;
- The law on flexible working has not changed. This means that no one has an automatic right to work from home just because they may have done so during the pandemic and that employers are still bound by their usual obligations to consider statutory requests;
- If employees refuse to return to working in the usual workplace without good reason, disciplinary action is an option, as a last resort.
- Compulsory vaccination? Employers need to be aware that insisting staff are vaccinated before they return to the office runs the risk of discrimination claims and a blanket “no jab, no return” policy should be avoided.
Interested in a particular area? Find the answer easily without watching the whole webinar (times are approx)
1. Minutes 0 - 1. Intro
2. Minutes 2 - 3. Communications
3. Minutes 3 -13. Hybrid and flexible working
4. Minutes 13 -14. Failure to consider flexible working requests
5. Minutes 14 - 16. Equality act risks re flexible working
6. Minutes 16 - 19. Vaccination roll out
7. Minutes 19 - 24. Insisting on vaccination across workforce
8. Minutes 24 - 29. Refusal to wear a mask - case law
9. Minutes 29 - 31. Vaccinations
10. Minutes 31 - 33. Testing in the workplace
11. Minutes 33 - 36. Refusing to return to the office
12. Minutes 36 - 37. Ideas and suggestions for encouraging staff back to the office
13. Minutes 37 - 39. Providing office equipment for home working
14. Minutes 39 - 40. Parents waiting for childcare place at nursery
15. Minutes 40. Staff not wanting to return to normal but clients wanting them to return
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