Back to work?
The field of employment law is constantly moving and changing. That has become even more obvious during the challenges brought about by the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown from which we are now slowly emerging.
Both employers and employees are facing huge challenges as business struggle to re-open and comply with social distancing rules and many will face difficult financial circumstances.
As lockdown eases problems may arise in deciding which employees should be taken off furlough, should the new flexible furlough system be used, should there be changes to contractual hours or rates of pay or should redundancies be considered.
From the point of view of the employee can you feel safe in being asked to go back to work and do you have the right to insist on additional safety measures? Can workers refuse a request to return to work where there is no childcare in place until schools and nurseries re-open or can homeworking be considered?
Even the most optimistic forecasts suggest that there will be widespread job losses in most business sectors. That will give rise to concerns around how employees are selected for redundancy and how potential business closures are managed.
Everyone will have their own unique position in the workplace and early advice may be vital to ensure that your interests as employer or employee are protected so far as possible.
At Pollock & McLean Alasdair Bryce and Victoria Raymond are able to offer clear and pragmatic advice to set out your rights and responsibilities to navigate you through this complex and difficult time.
Alasdair Bryce | Partner