Employment & Discrimination Covid-19 Webinar Series – Return to work: problems, practice and pitfalls


Covid 19 & the return to work: problems, practice and pitfalls

Date: Wednesday 27 May 2020

Time: 10:30am and 4:30pm (1 hour each)

Venue: Comfort of your own home

Cost: Free

The Government has begun to release its plans for employers to start returning some, if not all of their workers, to the physical workplace. In parallel, the Treasury has announced an extension of the Job Retention Scheme to October. Whether the process has already begun or lies at some future point, the return to work requires careful planning and consultation, which takes time.
Difficult practical and legal issues will inevitably arise as to whether, when and how to bring furlough periods and/or home working to an end without risking legal claims, how to identify and implement safe systems of work, how to gain workers confidence and ‘buy-in’ for the return, how to deal with vulnerable groups and those with protected characteristics, and how to avoid inadvertently breaching existing employment law rights at a time when employment tribunals are being inundated with new, COVID-19 related claims.
Debbie Grennan and Douglas Leach, along with pupil barrister Anna Williams will highlight and discuss the key legal and practical problems that are likely to arise from the return to work, the areas likely to give rise to litigation and how they might be managed in practice to ensure as seamless and risk-free a return as possible, taking into account both general and sector-specific industrial relations contexts.
The landscape is of course developing day by day. The discussion will therefore consider the applicable Government guidance as at the date of the webinar itself and so will be fully up to date at the point of delivery.
The webinar will take place at 10.30am and 4.30pm on Wednesday 27 May 2020 and will be accessible via a link to Guildhall Chambers’ Microsoft Teams online software.

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