Philip Richardson, partner and head of employment law at Stephensons:
“While some people have an overwhelming urge to return to work and to some kind of normality, others will be much more cautious.
Many salons have introduced stringent measures to protect both staff and customers, including PPE, reduced capacity inside the salon and good ventilation, however this perhaps isn’t the case across the board and many people are very hesitant about returning to work and being in close contact with customers and colleagues.
As we make good progress with the rollout of the vaccine, employers should be wary of demanding staff return to the workplace as normal without considering individual needs and rights concerning making reasonable adjustments for some staff.
It’s worth using some time to really plan through what the return to work will look like for you and your team.
Consider the needs of individual team members and speak to them about their return, do they have any concerns, are there any steps that you can take that would make that return to the salon easier?
There’s no doubt that the unpredictability of this virus has caused many sleepless nights for those in business, however in our battle with Covid-19, forewarned is forearmed, and having a plan in place before you invite staff back to work will be a great advantage.”
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