Companies across the world are exploring ways to gradually reopen their workplaces. Employers now face new questions over how to reintegrate their workforces in a safe, efficient, and legally compliant manner including difficult decisions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. Norton Rose Fulbright provides this interactive global checklist on the recent development of strategies, tools and frameworks designed to assist returning employees to the workplace and also looking at changes to the future of work.
Global interactive guide
The guide has recently been updated to include current information on the safety and employment issues surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine and plans regarding re-opening and returning to the workplace and issues employers should consider when looking at hybrid working. Key topics and resources include screening measures, managing teleworking employees, dealing with refusals to return to work, the COVID-19 vaccine and more.
Covering multiple jurisdictions, our interactive cross-border guide covers questions around reopening the workplace, including:
- What risk mitigation efforts should the prudent employer take before employees return to the workplace?
- Who should be involved in the decisions to return to the workplace?
- How can an employer screen its employees, including temperature taking, COVID-19 testing and questioning?
- What are the requirements regarding travel – either to or from the office or business travel?
- How does the prudent employer decide which employees should return to the workplace?
- What if an employee refuses to return to the workplace?
- What are the safety and employment issues for consideration regarding the COVID-19 vaccines?
- What particular issues should an employer consider when introducing hybrid working.
Access the entire guide to review individual countries. Or access the regional guides below to create and customize your own comparative reports between different jurisdictions.
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Returning to the workplace: Vaccinations and a COVID-19 secure workplace
The Government has decided to move to Step 4 of its roadmap on 19 July, meaning that many of the restrictions in place will be lifted including the requirement to work from home where possible.
Germany: Relief for COVID-19 occupational health and safety
Declining infection figures and progress in the COVID-19 vaccination programme has prompted the German Federal Government to adapt the “SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance” (Corona-ArbSchV) (the Ordinance).
Employment hot topics: The new hybrid workplace
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Hybrid working after COVID-19
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Disciplinary actions and dismissals
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Equal employment opportunity commission issues update on COVID-19 vaccination guidance
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COVID-19: Mandatory testing in companies
In view of worrying pandemic figures, the German Federal Government has amended the existing “SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance” (Corona-ArbSchV) (the Ordinance). Employers now face the additional obligation of offering COVID-19 testing to their employees, unless the employees work from home.