In light of the situation with COVID-19, the so-called coronavirus, we wanted to share advice on how to help prevent infection and spread of the virus. Sources for this advice will be checked daily and we will be updating this post regularly.
The NHS have shared that the two main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- A high temperature
- A new, continuous cough and difficulty breathing
You Must Stay At Home
On Monday 23rd March, the Prime Minister announced strict new measures to deal with the spread of coronavirus, urging the public to stay at home.
People may only leave their home for the following reasons:
- For exercise once per day in one form, such as walking, running, or cycling
- To travel to and from work, but only when absolutely necessary and you cannot work from home
- To shop for essential items
- To fulfill any medical or care needs
Public gatherings of more than 2 people who do not live together will be dispersed. Police will have the authority to disperse public gatherings and fine anyone who does not follow these strict new measures.
Some businesses will not need to close:
- Restaurants, cafes and work canteens – but only for food delivery and takeaway services
- Supermarkets and other premises selling food, including market stalls
- “Health shops” such as pharmacies
- Petrol stations, garages and car rental businesses
- Bicycle shops
- Home and hardware shops
- Launderettes and dry cleaners
- Pet shops
- Corner shops, newsagents and post offices
You can watch the Prime Minister’s announcement and read more about these new curbs in this BBC News article:
Employment Advice Regarding Coronavirus
As an employee, you should be aware of your employer’s policies for responding to COVID-19 and when to start working from home. As given in the PMs update, that should be everyone who is able to, but the government has published guidance for employers and businesses.
Employers have a duty to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of all their employees as far as is reasonably practicable. And, employees have a similar responsibility to their employer and their colleagues.
If self-isolating, employees will be entitled to SSP in this scenario under new temporary SSP Regulations. If employees are fit enough to carry out work while self-isolating, and they are able to do so, they should be paid their normal wages while working from home.
There has been guidance for businesses published by several organisations to help them cope with COVID-19.
Government guidance for businesses: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19
Checklist to help businesses prepare and plan: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/61986/060516flubcpchecklist.pdf
ACAS guidance for businesses: https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus
Guidance about business insurance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses#insurance
To get more employment advice about COVID-19 or any other employment matter, please call us on 01925 351 350. We often work remotely and will continue to do sue throughout this pandemic.
Is Your Will Up to Date?
It may not be pleasant to think about, but it is important to make sure that your Will is up to date. Just in case the worst happens, you should be prepared and make sure everything is planned for.
Alternatively, you should think about older members of your family and if they may benefit from executing a Will.
We are developing a system where Wills can be incepted over the phone and, employing safe processes, we can supervise execution remotely.
We can help you with your Will to make sure everything is covered and sorted. And, we can do this with primarily telephone instructions. However, a Will does need to be executed, but we can come to you and witness the signing of your Will at a safe distance.
Call us on 01925 351 350 to find out more, or send us a message from our contact page.