This week the West Australian Government is urging businesses to return to work, with the cautious easing of restrictions. ProcessWorx recently ran a training Webinar for clients on the factors employers need to consider with employees returning to work.
Who will be returning to the workplace? Employees who have been working from home or have taken leave due to COVID-19. Employees who have been stood down because their employer was forced to close under government direction or there was a stoppage of work. As well as employees who have been stood down and qualify for JobKeeper payment.
What do employers need to consider? Employers need to consult and communicate expectations and plans to return to work with individual employees. Return of employees may involve updating COVID-19 workplace management policy, letters notifying employees of their return to work, transitioning from an unpaid stand down to JobKeeper arrangement or re-engaging casual employees. Employers should remain flexible and ensure the workplace is safe for employees to return.
COVID-19 risk management. Employers are required to prepare for and mitigate the risks of COVID-19. One way to do this is by using the Western Australian Government’s COVID Safety Plan. This plan requires businesses to determine how they will keep their workplace safe when employees return. Employers need to consider how they will comply with physical and social distancing, hygiene, and staff training requirements. Completing a COVID Safety Plan is mandatory for businesses who were forced to close due to restrictions however the government is recommending all businesses complete one to ensure the safety of their employees.
For assistance navigating employees return to work and remaining compliant do not hesitate to contact ProcessWorx directly on (08) 9316 9896 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Danielle McNamee