UK Employer Guide: Preparing For a Safe Return to Work – Updated FAQs on Employment, Health and Safety and Data Privacy

    View Author June 2020

    On 11 May, the government issued eight separate workplace guides (Workplace Guidelines) on working safely during the coronavirus pandemic. These were produced with input from businesses, unions, industry bodies and in conjunction with the devolved administrations, Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). They cover eight of the workplace settings that are currently allowed to open, from factories and plants to offices and contact centres. Advice to businesses in other nations of the UK is subject to guidance set by the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government. There are currently no equivalent guides for re-opening hospitality premises, such as restaurants, bars, or hotels (they will likely follow when the re-opening date is confirmed). However, the Food Standards Agency has now issued a re-opening checklist for food businesses (as well as guidance on adapting food manufacturing operations).