Risk & Liability Post-Pandemic: How Will Employees be Impacted?

The rapid spread of COVID-19 across the globe has brought about an array of distinct risks, which, in many cases, individuals haven’t ever had to consider before.

The day-to-day life of Australians has changed drastically in just a matter of weeks, with their professional and personal lives straying far from what they once were. 

Where possible, employees are now working remotely, which has, thus far, helped to contain community transmission of COVID-19. However, in the weeks and months to come, it’s expected that restrictions will slowly start to lift, with many employers welcoming staff’s staged return to the office or worksites.

While we’re undeniably taking commendable steps in the right direction, if individuals fail to manage the risks posed by COVID-19 sufficiently, future outbreaks will become all the more probable. With this in mind, employers inhibit a crucial role in preventing infections, both now and during the integration of their employees back into the workplace. 

How Will The Workplace Be Different?

Just as prior to COVID-19, employers have a legal obligation to adequately manage health and safety risks on their premises. However, the guidelines and regulations with which they must comply have changed and, in many cases, it’s to be expected that workplace processes will become far stricter, if they haven’t already.

It’s well known that coronavirus is highly infectious; thus, there are numerous, reasonably practical steps employers ought to be taking to keep their staff members safe. Beyond this, considerations also need to be made for dealing with third parties, such as customers and bystanders, who may be interacting with staff or attending worksites, offices and the like.

As an employee, contractor or volunteer, your work life will inevitably change upon your return to the workplace, with employers introducing systems for:

  • Ensuring staff members maintain the appropriate levels of hygiene;
  • Ensuring all staff abide by physical distancing requirements;
  • Managing and responding to infections or suspected cases appropriately.

While these new processes may seem rigorous and inconvenient, such action is absolutely paramount in keeping employees, as well as the greater community, safe during these uncertain times.

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