Returning to the office: The legal pitfalls

Employers have a duty to provide a safe working environment

Jonathan Mansfield, co-founder, partner in the employment department at specialist law firm Thomas Mansfield

Jonathan Mansfield, co-founder, partner in the employment department at specialist law firm Thomas Mansfield

It has been reported that Amundi, Schroders, Legal and General Investment Management and Ninety One have staff starting to return to offices. With the UK’s unenviable status as the European country worst hit by the coronavirus, it is likely that the return to offices in the financial sector will be slow. Though the steps that being taken are tentative, this process will continue.

As and when staff do return, firms will need to reconsider the workplace set up extensively. Government guidance to employers is regularly updated and includes sector-specific advice. Employers need to...

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