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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.

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.

ICAEW insights

Webinar - COVID-19: Lifting lockdown at work

In this webinar on 20 May 2020 with HSE, Acas and CIPD, the panel will consider 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 will look at how employers should be approaching this transitory period.

How to approach the return to work

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.

Re-thinking business strategy

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

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.

Back to the workplace - Adapting workplaces and protecting workers

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) 22-04-2020

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

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.