News & Updates

20th March 2020 Coronavirus Update

In these difficult times, we wanted to let you know that it’s very much business as usual here at Stallard Kane. We have implemented different lines of communication (e.g. Skype / telephone) for all of our staff so that we can continue to manage your compliance (e.g. by conducting telephone audits). Our #oneoftheteam personal service philosophy, means that your dedicated advisor is still available to assist you as usual and we ask you to contact them directly in the first instance should you need any support.

Under health and safety law, employers have a duty of care to protect employees from infectious diseases at work. Developing a plan or a policy on reducing the risk of infection and what to do in the event of an outbreak in the workplace is the best way to prepare.

We have produced, below, a Coronavirus Policy and Risk Assessment (please note that this is a generic risk assessment and must be made specific to your business). We will review these documents on a daily basis and update them on our website, with the relevant date – please check back here daily for updates.

Below we have included some of the latest updates from other sources, that you may find helpful.

Guidance for employers and businesses on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What you need to know

  • businesses and workplaces should encourage their employees to work at home, wherever possible
  • if someone becomes unwell in the workplace with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, they should be sent home and advised to follow the advice to stay at home
  • employees should be reminded to wash their hands for 20 seconds more frequently and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues
  • frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, using your standard cleaning products
  • employees will need your support to adhere to the recommendation to stay at home to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) to others
  • those who follow advice to stay at home will be eligible for statutory sick pay (SSP) from the first day of their absence from work
  • employers should use their discretion concerning the need for medical evidence for certification for employees who are unwell. This will allow GPs to focus on their patients
  • if evidence is required by an employer, those with symptoms of coronavirus can get an isolation note from NHS 111 online, and those who live with someone that has symptoms can get a note from the NHS website
  • employees from defined vulnerable groups should be strongly advised and supported to stay at home and work from there if possible

Read more detail here https://bit.ly/2UnJAnl

Working from home

Like us, many businesses are having to temporarily change the way they work, and have their employees work from home. ACAS have published some useful guidance…

Employers and employees should be practical, flexible and sensitive to each other’s situation when working from home because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Employers should:

  • talk to their employees and workers about working from home arrangements
  • consider which roles and tasks can be done from home – this might involve doing things differently and not assuming a role cannot be based at home
  • support employees to adjust to remote working
  • consider individual employees’ needs, for example anyone with childcare responsibilities, a long-term health condition or a disability
  • write down the arrangements that have been agreed so everyone’s clear

To help prepare their workplace, employers can: use the preparing for homeworking questionnaire from CIPD

As the spread of Coronavirus is changing by the day, it is most important that you keep up to date with the latest information and advice provided by the Government.