Businesses & Employers
Information for businesses and employers
What steps should you take as an employer?
Provide your employees with up-to-date information, advice and guidance about COVID-19. This could include details on symptoms; the best and most effective ways of preventing the spread of the virus; and what to do if they experience symptoms. The Department of Health and Social Care post updates information online at 2pm every day- it might be useful to circulate this information.
Make sure to promote good hygiene practices by all staff, such as washing hands regularly with soap and water or sanitising gel, using disposable tissues when coughing or sneezing and disposing of these immediately afterwards, and avoiding touching the eyes, nose and mouth.
Increase the frequency and extent of cleaning within the workplace, focusing on communal and frequently touched areas such as door handles, telephones, photocopiers and banisters. Provide antibacterial hand gel if you can.
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
- employees from defined vulnerable groups should be strongly advised and supported to stay at home and work from there if possible
This guidance will assist employers, businesses and their staff in addressing coronavirus (COVID-19).
This guidance may be updated in line with the changing situation.
It’s good practice for employers to:
- keep everyone updated on actions being taken to reduce risks of exposure in the workplace
- ensure employees who are in a vulnerable group are strongly advised to follow social distancing guidance
- make sure everyone’s contact numbers and emergency contact details are up to date
- make sure managers know how to spot symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) and are clear on any relevant processes, for example sickness reporting and sick pay, and procedures in case someone in the workplace is potentially infected and needs to take the appropriate action
- make sure there are places to wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, and encourage everyone to do so regularly
- provide hand sanitiser and tissues for staff, and encourage them to use them
This is the most upto date key information, background and guidance issued by the government. It is constantly changing, so please be sure to check the Gov.uk website for the most recent updates on a daily or weekly basis.
Find out more on COVID-19 and ensure your workplace is safe, protected and free from germs wherever possible.
Below are links to resources you may find helpful during the Covid-19 pandemic: