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Mar 11 2020

Coronavirus – What you need to know

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It’s very likely you’ll have seen the recent news in relation to the spread of coronavirus – whilst the government is taking all necessary action to slow and stop the spread of the virus, there are small changes that both employees and employers can make to do their part. Here’s our top advice, but all organisations should have procedures in place for staff members to follow too.

Consider your recent travel. If you’ve recently travelled home from one of the most affected countries (Italy, France, Spain, China, Iran, South Korea, Japan and Iceland) you should alert your employer to this and seek guidance on whether or not you should attend your place of work.

Make sure the working environment is well prepared. Employers should provide tissues, hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities for all staff. Employees should be diligent in regularly washing their hands with soap and water.

Know your rights. The government has advised that if NHS 111 or a doctor advises someone to self-isolate they are entitled to statutory sick pay. It is important that employees are not worried about losing out and therefore willing to risk going to work, despite potentially being a risk to other colleagues.

The government will continue to advise employers and employees about the best practise – keep up to date with the latest news to make sure you follow the correct procedure.

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