The COVID-19 virus is new, rapidly evolving and having a major impact on workplaces. The virus is giving rise to multitude of employment and safety-related questions in a context which has not previously been contemplated, on topics ranging from an employer’s payment obligations and dealing with infected employees, to practical measures an employer should put in place to protect their workforce.
To provide some practical guidance for employers during this time, our team has prepared a Short Guide for Employers. This Guide responds to some of the key questions arising for employers and includes a process map for dealing with employees in self-isolation who cannot work from home.
As the COVID-19 situation is unpredictable and changing, we recommend employers take careful note of the Department of Health updates and isolation guidelines. In addition, we recommend the following resources:
- WHO guidance on preparing a workplace for COVID-19
- International SOS (a subscription service for employers)
- Fair Work Ombudsman guidelines
For more information on this topic, please contact one of our partners in the Australian Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety team team.
The contents of this publication are for reference purposes only and may not be current as at the date of accessing this publication. They do not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Specific legal advice about your specific circumstances should always be sought separately before taking any action based on this publication.
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