Update: Level 3 restrictions for Ireland announced
Discover what these new measures mean for your business…
The government has tightened restrictions across the country to Level 3 on the Framework for Restrictive Measures. This began on 6th October 2020 and will last for at least three weeks.
What does this mean for employers?
It will impact businesses in different ways. Employers in the retail sector are likely to suffer from reduced footfall, while the tourism and hospitality sectors will be hit the hardest as indoor dining is now banned.
Many businesses may need to think about laying off staff for a second time. If you are considering this, it’s important to remember that your workers won’t be able to seek redundancy from you for being laid off. That’s because the government has suspended this right until the 30th November 2020.
From a health & safety perspective, the restrictions are also likely to lead to a spike in anxiety and stress. COVID-19 safety measures have introduced a lot of changes in a short space of time and on top of that, staff are already worried about job security and their safety within the workplace. That means it’s more likely that staff will suffer from work-related stress.
Under the Return to Work Safely Protocol, it’s compulsory to have support for workers who may be suffering from anxiety and stress as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. It’s important that worried employees have someone to contact and that managers know how to spot the warning signs to avoid potential stress-related claims.
If you have concerns about an employee, it’s vital to put support in place. This might be drafting a “wellbeing policy” or giving them access to an Employee Assistance Programme like Bright Wellbeing & Counselling.
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