Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pointers for Local Employers
For the latest (regular) updates from the HSE see: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html
To access the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation (DBEI) Business Continuity Planning Checklist: https://dbei.gov.ie/en/Publications/Business-Continuity-Planning-Checklist-Responding-to-an-Influenza-Outbreak.html
Follow these Measures to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus
Anyone with concerns about infection are advised to contact the HSE Helpline on 1850 24 1850, or phone their GP.
What Employers Need to Know
NB: If an employee is confirmed to have contracted Covid-19, they must be cleared by the HSE / certified by their GP prior to returning to work.
Continuity Planning: While the situation is evolving rapidly, it is important to be prepared to deal with any escalation in the spread of the virus.
Key Areas to Consider are:
Ensure all managers and staff are made familiar with relevant policies and procedures, in particular in relation to:
Plan how to address a change in work requirements.
Consider the effect that significant employee absences would have on your workplace, for example:
Stress Test your Business
There may be challenges around absence and the payment of sick leave. How would your business cope if you had 10 , 20 or 30 percent absence rate? Identify what level of absence would trigger undue pressure on your business.
Try to address the ‘fear factor’ by allaying staff concerns (for example you could invite a health practitioner to speak with staff to offer advice and reassurance).
What to Do?
The business community has endured many challenges in recent years, months and weeks. Without doubt Coronavirus is yet another major challenge. If you have any employer related queries on this matter, we welcome your enquires and promote to do our best to help. Please contact Margaret O’Brien, CEO, Ennis Chamber. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep an eye on HSE updates, follow recommended procedures, stay healthy and safe!