As the global economy looks to begin the recovery, some countries are starting to plan their cautious roadmaps out of lockdown. Companies are therefore 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 and there will be new challenges 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.
Our 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. 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?
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.
Access any of our eleven regional guidelines to learn what each region is requiring of its employers.
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US: Pandemic response in the American workplace: The OSHA story
Join us for a discussion on companies' emergence from COVID-19 restrictions, employee safety concerns, employers' workplace obligations and OSHA enforcement.
Europe: Returning to work after lockdown in Europe
Now that lockdown is being relaxed in many countries around the world, we invite you to a discussion of return to work employment law with experienced lawyers from our European employment team.
Critical Issues in Employment Law
We are pleased to welcome you to Norton Rose Fulbright’s content hub for Australian employment law.
Australia: Managing Vulnerable Employees
0.75 CPD point | We discuss vulnerable employees and managing legal risks in a ‘COVID-19 normal’ environment.
Australia: Can employers force their employees to download the COVIDSafe app?
The Federal Government launched the COVIDSafe app as part of their work to slow the spread of COVID-19, indicating the app will help state and territory health officials to quickly contact people who may have been exposed to COVID-19. The message widely spread by the Government is that the more people download the COVIDSafe app, the easier it will be to stop the spread of COVID-19.
UK: HR Tips: Returning to the workplace – issues to consider
This webinar will look at getting people back in to the workplace – what are an employer’s obligations and liabilities; what testing can an employer perform?
US: COVID-19: Best practice considerations for resuming work in an office setting
This article lists best practices to consider, but such practices may not be possible, and every company should determine its own protocol consistent with minimal legal requirements.
South Africa: Employment and labour: Meeting the challenges of returning to work
Join us as we discuss how to deal with the complexities of returning to work under the new normal and how your business should respond to the current lockdown and the relevant laws, regulations and directives.
Australia: 'COVID-19 normal': Returning to work, the workplace and planning for the future
It is time to think about what work looks like once stay-at-home directions are withdrawn, temporary flexibility measures cease and the curve has been sufficiently “flattened”.