BLM partner Julian Cox talks to People Management about 'Life After Lockdown'
BLM's head of employment law, London Julian Cox discussed the government's draft initial guidance on how UK companies can reopen their workplaces and gradually exit 'lock-down' with People Management. Julian's commented as follows on PPE:
“The first thing we need is some clarification as to the use of masks,” he said, noting that the government currently does not state that masks and gloves are necessary in particular workplaces.
“There's going to be a cost,” he added. “Where does responsibility lie? Are we asking employees to provide this? If it's going to be the employer responsible for providing masks and gloves where appropriate, then there's going to be a cost to them”.
And added on 'vulnerable workers': “there is an obligation on employers not just to put them back into the same role, but [to look] within the organisation for an alternative role,” said Cox. “If there's any change in their role then that's going to require consultation with the employee.”