As part of business continuity planning, businesses may wish to consider actions including:

  • Redeploying staff to assist in areas that have an increased workload
  • Undertaking forward planning, reading and research activities
  • Administrative activities including records management and corporate tasks
  • Enabling employees to complete online training to support their learning and development
  • Facilitating employees to take leave including recreational leave, flex or TOIL, in consultation with their manager

Employees who are not on an approved form of leave should be prepared to work their usual number of hours as per their Enterprise Agreement.

Companies should also be considering how employees can safely work from home, where appropriate. Working from home is covered under the Work Health Safety Act 2011. Companies must consider work health and safety requirements under the Act when employees work from home.

Anitech has produced a Working From Home Assessment Checklist which sets out things to consider as part of any work from home arrangement. 

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