The recent virus outbreak has put a strain on all aspects of business and many franchisors are asking what the implications may be for their franchisees and employees. Whilst the government are taking action to prevent job losses, and put us all in a position to re-ignite the economy when COVID-19 abates, there are still many businesses having to make tough decisions. In this blog, Goldstein Legal will explore the recent government support, and offer some guidance for franchisors and franchisees concerned about their workforce.
What operational measures do I need to consider?
The government has introduced self-isolation, suspended all non-essential travel, and encouraged employees to work from home where possible. Franchise business owners may be concerned about how this will affect their business, and also what options are available to them in respect of managing absent employees. If you have found yourself in this situation, we suggest that you consider the following factors:
How do I pay my employees?
Generally speaking, if an employee is able to continue to work from home then they will be entitled to their normal rate of pay. If they are not able to do so then employers will need to consider the terms of their contract as other forms of payment, such as the options below, may be applicable:
What action should I take?
All franchisors and franchisees should develop and adopt a contingency plan that adequately deals with employee management, shortages, and different ways of working. ACAS have release succinct advice on their website that clearly covers suggested measures and is updated daily – https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus
Where can I get more advice?
If you have concerns as to the longer-term implications of current employment matters, Goldstein Legal are able to help. Please contacts us on 01753 865 165.
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