17 August: Employment rights around childcare are in the spotlight since the lockdown. A recent ICAEW webinar demystifies the issue.
The restart of business after the lockdown presents many challenges, including the need to adapt workplaces, manage workforce issues and develop new strategies for the post-lockdown business environment.
HM Government has set out their plans for recovery, setting out a step by step approach to lifting the restrictions. On this page we gather some of the most useful resources to help with the resumption of business.
13 August: The coronavirus pandemic has forced all organisations to adapt to a completely new way of working. What are its long-term implications for accountants?
24 July: Every business is affected by this crisis. So how can we use this as an opportunity to rebuild? In ICAEW’s latest podcast, we learn from the businesses that have already started.
22 July 2020: With workplace absence set to remain at higher levels, Ian Caminsky, CEO of absence management company FirstCare, shares his advice on how business leaders can effectively manage unplanned leave in the post-COVID working environment.
Angela Clegg of the Tax Faculty provides pointers on the tax measures that businesses should consider following the COVID-19 lockdown. She covers cash flow, employment issues, working from home and tax governance, among other things.
On 29 May, Rishi Sunak outlined how the government plans to reshape the CJRS from 1 July to encourage those furloughed back into work. Join Anita Monteith and Caroline Miskin as they discuss the latest developments .
This know-how guide outlines why appointing an employee director and directors’ use of social media have particular relevance during COVID-19. These suggestions can no longer be described as radical. Companies have shown far greater agility because much more significant changes have been made as a result of COVID-19.
On demand webinar (recorded on 20 May 2020) with a panel including experts from HSE, Acas and CIPD considering the intricacies and contradictions surrounding how we can safely return to work in a post-COVID-19 landscape. As well as highlighting workers’ rights and needs, the discussion looked at how employers should be approaching this transitory period.
19 May 2020: to discuss the implications of returning to work for employers and employees, ICAEW is hosting a webinar on 20 May with HSE, CIPD and Acas.
13 May 2020: the government has released guidance for a range of workplaces on how to restart their businesses after lockdown while ensuring employees and customers remain as safe as possible.
1 May 2020: the government has formed six working groups aimed at gathering the views of employers and employees on how workplaces can be made as safe as possible when the lockdown restrictions are finally eased.
Re-thinking business strategy
Diagnostic tool from IFAC intended to help small businesses navigate the disruption caused by the coronavirus, covering financial management and strategic management tasks. It is intended to help businesses identify priority actions for immediate attention.
A working checklist prepared by the Coronavirus taskforce at international law firm Pinsent Masons to support businesses that are re-opening.
Advocates a holistic approach to restarting companies as the lockdown eases, focusing on eight key actions beginning with the creation of a detailed relaunch map. The article is based on research and conversations with leaders of international companies.
Focuses on four strategic areas that companies need to look at as they restart: recovering revenue, rebuilding operations, rethinking the organization, and accelerating the adoption of digital solutions.
Adapting the workplace
UK government guidance to help business owners carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to ensure the safety of staff, customers and visitors. The tool uses a simple questionnaire to determine which guidelines are relevant to your size and type of business, and produces a checklist with links to more detailed information where necessary.
Practical guide from RICS focusing on the restart of operations in commercial buildings designed to help building managers, commercial tenants and landlords identify and plan to mitigate the main risks arising from reopening a building.
News release which highlights the launch of the 'COVID-19 secure’ guidelines and sets out the practical steps for businesses focused on five key points.
Guidance from HM Government for employers, employees and the self-employed who work in or run offices, contact centres and similar indoor environments.
Regularly updated wiki with guidelines which can help employers achieve an appropriate safe and healthy work environment when resuming activities, with links to sector-specific guidance across the EU and in the UK.
Managing the return of employees
Guide from CIPD intended to help you plan your organisation’s next steps following a period of furlough or once lockdown measures start easing. Issues covered include legal considerations, short term working/redundancy, groups of staff unable to return, bereavement and managing holidays.
A guide from the CIPD which looks at the legal and practical considerations that are involved in introducing staggered shifts or working hours.
OUT-LAW guide from Pinsent Masons looking at some of the challenges for UK employers making plans for the return of staff to the workplace. Issues highlighted include returning from furlough or home working; use of annual leave to deliver phased return; ensuring safe work places on return and ending employment.
Article from international law firm Allen & Overy highlighting the five key challenges employers need to consider.