Managing and protecting your staff

This section covers resources that will help you to manage your staff during the pandemic and ensure that they are protected.

This page will be updated on a regular basis. Last updated: 30 July


Working remotely

Safeguarding and risk assessment

Other ways to support staff

  • Support those who use their cars to help their communities
    If you are using your own car for voluntary purposes to transport medicines or groceries to support others who are impacted by Covid-19, your cover will not be affected. You do not need to contact your insurer to update your documents or extend your cover. This applies to all categories of NHS Volunteer Responders, including transporting patients, equipment, or other essential supplies.
  • Risk at Work – Personal protective equipment (PPE): Employers have duties concerning the provision and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) at work. It can include items such as safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses. It also includes respiratory protective equipment (RPE). Making the workplace safe includes providing instructions, procedures, training and supervision to encourage people to work safely and responsibly.
  • First aid cover and qualifications during coronavirus (COVID-19)
    If first aid cover for your business is reduced because of coronavirus or you can’t get the first aid training you need, there are some things you can do so that you still comply with the law. Such as if you hold a first aid certificate that expires on or after 16 March 2020 and cannot access requalification training because of coronavirus you may qualify for a 3-month extension.
  • Support for businesses – Deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
    The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. Temporary changes to the VAT payments due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 to help businesses manage their cash flow.
  • Free Learning & Development Support for Furloughed Employees
    Learnerbly describe themselves as an organisation to create a progressive learning culture that empowers their people to own their development, guides them towards the best learning opportunities, and supports them in applying their learnings. As part of a response to covid-19, they recognise the impact is not just on health of millions but also businesses and employment prospects.
    If your organisation are furloughing 20 or more employees, they will give you free access to their curated marketplace of learning resources and enable them to up-skill.
  • Clore Social Leadership: Responding to Covid-19 Online Programme: UK Migration & Refugee Sector
    Clore Social Leadership and LEx Movement (Lived Experience Leaders Movement hosted by the Centre for Knowledge Equity) have co-designed a new leadership programme.
    This free, online leadership programme seeks to strengthen leadership skills and organisations to cope with the immense pressure, and learn together about how to respond and lead.
    Applications close on Monday 22 June at 11:59pm
    They are considered on a first-come, first-served basis, and places are limited, so applicants should not delay.
  • Alcumus: Covid-19 Health and Safety
    Alcumus describe themselves as the UK’s market-leading provider of technology led compliance and risk management solutions.  Their purpose is to help organisations be safer, healthier, and stronger.
    They have free COVID-19 Health and Safety documents that can be downloaded. These include: COVID-19 Return to Work Guidance Pack, COVID-19 Workplace Health & Safety Inspection Checklist, COVID-19 Risk Assessment Template, Checklist and Risk Assessment for Individual Worker – Click here for download links for all documentsWe recommend that you read this in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive guidance

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