Whilst government guidance currently states if staff can work at home they should, planning for the eventual return to the office needs to be considered early on.
Firms with more than 5 employees are required by law to undertake a workplace risk assessment, such risk assessment should now include a specific COVID-19 risk assessment before bringing staff back into the office and as with all risk assessments it will need to be documented. Failure to evidence a well thought out risk assessment could leave firms open to scrutiny and sanctions from the SRA, exposed to Employer and/or Public Liability claims and possibly even criminal sanctions under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.
This short webinar aims to provoke thought and will consider some of the key areas which will need to be taken into account as part of that risk assessment and will cover;
- Current government guidance concerning COVID-19
- Who should be considered in the risk assessment
- Office workspace risks and possible appropriate controls
- Identifying who should come back into the office
- Documenting the risk assessment
This lecture will be presented by Tracy Thompson a property lawyer who has spent over two decades in the legal profession, most recently as managing partner of a Merseyside multi-disciplinary practice. She is very hands on in her approach to management and has a unique perspective of the many challenges facing law firms.
Tracy possesses a diverse mix of skills and is highly experienced in operational management and business strategy. Tracy is passionate about managing risk in practice and the benefits Lexcel can bring to a practice and it is this passion which saw her appointed to the Law Society Lexcel Panel in 2013.
She is a Law Society accredited Lexcel Consultant and a Lexcel Assessor for both the England & Wales standard, and the International standard.
Tracy has recently been appointed Lead Assessor for the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme.