Coronavirus: official guidance

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We are receiving an increasing number of enquiries regarding what members and their employers should do to minimise the risk of Coronavirus infection at this worrying time. We have compiled some official guidance documents below, which we hope will be helpful.

UNISON Guidance

Coronavirus: What are your rights at work? UNISON guidance here, updated daily 👉 https://www.unison.org.uk/coronavirus-rights-work/

COVID-19: UNISON Advice for Reps 👉 https://www.unison.org.uk/coronavirus-rights-work/covid-19-advice-reps/

Coronavirus: Care Workers: Know your Rights 👉 https://www.unison.org.uk/care-workers-your-rights/coronavirus-advice-social-care-workers/

COVID-19 FAQs for School Staff 👉 https://www.unison.org.uk/at-work/education-services/key-issues/covid-19-closures/

Guidance on the Government’s  Job Retention Scheme: 👉 https://www.unison.org.uk/coronavirus-rights-work/coronavirus-job-retention-scheme-qa/

Official Government Guidance

Follow the latest government advice from Public Health England here 👉 https://www.gov.uk/…/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-res…

Public Health England advice on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 👉 https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/874411/When_to_use_face_mask_or_FFP3.pdf

Local government, schools and care guidance here 👉 https://www.local.gov.uk/coronavirus-information-councils

NHS employers guidance on coronavirus 👉 https://www.nhsemployers.org/…/new-nhs-staff-council-guidan…

The government has set out which children will be eligible to attend schools in England from Monday 23 March :mortar_board: https://schoolsweek.co.uk/coronavirus-government-finally-defines-key-workers-and-vulnerable-pupils/

Department for Education info for parents and carers 👉 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers#critical-workers

Department for Education guidance for schools, colleges and LAs 👉 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

TUC Resources

Full video and slides from Trades Union Congress (TUC) webinar coronavirus at work here 👉 https://www.tuc.org.uk/events/webinar-coronavirus-work

Trades Union Congress (TUC) reps guidance on coronavirus here 👉 https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-03/COVID-19 Guide for Reps.pdf

TUC Protecting Workers' Jobs and Livelihoods report 👉 https://www.tuc.org.uk/research-analysis/reports/protecting-workers-jobs-and-livelihoods

Thompsons Solicitors & UNISON North West Guidance

Thompsons Solicitors' Briefing on Employer and Employees' Responsibilities in the Wake of Coronavirus 👉 https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/unisonnw/pages/2461/attachments/original/1585840088/covid-19_Thompsons___UNISON_NW_briefing_on_employers___employees_responsibilities.pdf?1585840088

Thompsons Solicitors' Briefing on Government's Job Retention Scheme 👉 https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/unisonnw/pages/2461/attachments/original/1585840085/Covid_19_Thompsons___UNISON_briefing_job_retention_scheme.pdf?1585840085

ACAS Coronavirus: advice for all employers and employees (reviewed daily) 👉 https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus

Care Workers vs COVID-19

Our inspiring care worker members have launched a campaign to protect our communities during this public health crisis. More info here 👉 www.unisonnw.org/care_workers_vs_covid_19

Contacting UNISON North West

As always, we are in awe of our members who are keeping the the country going during this crisis. Thank you for everything that you are doing to keep our communities healthy.

If the resources above do not answer your query, please get in touch by emailing NWcovid-19@unison.co.uk. All enquiries regarding the Coronavirus situation, including requests for advice on individual situations, collective matters, or regarding employers’ responses and implementation processes should be sent to this address. 


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