Workforce planning and support
Information about supporting those who should come to work, and those who should not.
In this public health crisis, it is vital that all businesses act responsibly and employers and employees should reference the Coronavirus (COVID-19): timetable for easing restrictions for updates.
Some workplaces may be authorised to open provided they comply with the required protection measures. For updates and specific sectoral guidance please see the Scottish Government’s returning to work pages.
The regulations place a duty on employers to take all reasonable steps to minimise the spread of coronavirus. Supporting staff to work from home for those roles that can be undertaken remotely is a reasonable step.
Where working from home is not possible and a business is allowed to remain open, businesses and organisations are encouraged to manage travel demand through staggered start times and flexible working patterns.
Employers should plan for the minimum number of people needed on site to operate safely and effectively. Current guidance is that working from home should be the default position, where this is possible.
Employers should use the COVID-19 compliance self-assessment tool to assess the effectiveness of measures they have in place to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace.
All employers and employees should discuss their working arrangements, and employers should take every possible step to facilitate their employees working from home.
There may be cases where some workers can perform their role from home, while other workers from the same employer cannot. If this is the case, employers should take measures to ensure that a responsible person is available at a workplace should any issues or emergencies develop. An overall risk assessment of the workplace may be required to understand which roles are needed in a workplace, if issues or emergencies arise.
It may be helpful to establish and share an emergency point of contact to all workers regardless of workplace setting.