As we all adjust to the “new normal”, it is more important than ever that employers understand their rights; obligations; and the key changes that have been made which may affect their businesses.
The situation is changing daily and we will be providing updates as necessary – please check back here!
Otherwise, we encourage you to keep in touch with our employment law team to discuss any implications/decisions for your specific situation. We are here to help.
WAGE SUBSIDY EXTENSION
The Wage Subsidy Extension is part of the Government's Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund. The intent of the Extension is to keep employees in work and help support business response to the COVID-19 crisis.
We are yet to see the full details of the Wage Subsidy Extension scheme; this is due out prior to June 10. Based on the guidance to date, we have prepared a short summary on the scheme.
View: Wage Subsidy Extension Summary (updated 20 May)
RESTRUCTURING DURING COVID-19
The significant economic impact of COVID-19 means some businesses may have to contemplate restructuring their business. In this article we discuss important considerations for employers at this time including redundancy.
View: Restructuring during COVID-19 (updated 6 May)
Covid-19 EMPLOYMENT GUIDANCE
ALERT LEVEL 2
At this level, we will see more businesses reopening and employees returning to the workplace. However, the rules remain the same – only reopen if you can provide a safe and healthy workplace; utilise alternative methods of working where possible and everyone needs to “play it safe”.
View: Alert Level 2 Frequently Asked Questions (updated 13 May)
ALERT LEVEL 3
This summary provides guidance on employment obligations and how to prepare for a safe reopening of the workplace.
View: Alert Level 3 FAQ (updated 1 May)
View: Health and Safety at Alert Level 3 (updated 1 May)
alert level 4
Here, we set out a summary of the most frequently asked questions on the wage subsidy; essential services; redundancies and more. We have outlined below some employee scenarios we are seeing regularly as well.
View: Employee Scenarios (updated 1 May)
View: Frequently Asked Questions (updated 1 May)
You can check out our podcast here, as partner Liam Hehir talks to Joelle Avery about the basics of employment law.