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Business restart

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.

ICAEW insights

COVID-19: crisis with a legacy

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.

Managing workplace absence in the new normal

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.

Tax advice as lockdown eases

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.

Employee engagement during Covid-19

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.

Re-thinking business strategy

Covid-19: Unlocking business after lockdown

Pinsent Masons 20-08-2020

A working checklist prepared by the Coronavirus taskforce at international law firm Pinsent Masons to support businesses that are re-opening. It includes links to deep dive guides on workforce planning, operating safely, contracts and supply chain, property, and operations.

The Restart

McKinsey 05-05-2020

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.

Adapting the workplace

Reopen your business safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

GOV.UK 23-09-2020

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.

Back to the workplace - Adapting workplaces and protecting workers

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) 10-09-2020

Regularly updated wiki with guidelines which can help employers achieve a safe and healthy work environment when resuming activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, with links to sector-specific guidance across the EU and in the UK.

Beyond COVID-19: Reopening of commercial buildings

RICS 13-05-2020

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.

Managing the return of employees

Coronavirus (COVID-19): returning to the workplace guide

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development 12-05-2020

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. 

Coronavirus: managing the return to work in the UK

Pinsent Masons 01-05-2020

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.