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Corona: back to work

The corona measures are being relaxed step by step. This may mean returning to work soon, after working from home for weeks. Or even that you are already back at work. We understand that this can be quite exciting. The most important thing is to jointly monitor the security measures that still apply. What else you should pay attention to, and what you can expect from your employer? Our experts are happy to explain.

 Government measures come first

Many government measures are being relaxed, but there are a few that will continue to apply in the near future. They always go for guidelines from your employer or industry association. The most important? The one-and-a-half meter rule. In some professions you cannot keep that distance, which is why RIVM has drawn up recommendations for contact professions to work safely. You also have to stay at home if you suffer from:

  • nasal cold
  • running nose
  • to sneeze
  • sore throat
  • mild cough
  • stuffiness
  • increase to 38 degrees or fever (higher than 38 degrees)

Does one of your housemates have a fever or shortness of breath? Then everyone in your household must stay at home until everyone is free of complaints for 24 hours. Do you work in a crucial profession or vital process? Then you only have to stay at home if you suffer from a fever and one of the other health complaints.

Hygiene measures

Furthermore, the hygiene measures are still important, also in the workplace:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Cough and sneeze in the inside of your elbow.
  • Use paper towels, dispose of them immediately and wash your hands.
  • Do not shake hands.

Corona protocol at work

The above rules and guidelines are general. For each sector, company, workplace or office building, these can therefore be further supplemented with its own corona protocol in order to work safely and responsibly. Such a protocol may contain measures such as:

  • plexiglass between desks
  • fixed workplaces to prevent spreading
  • tape on the floor to mark enough distance
  • moving desks further apart
  • no shared devices and tools, such as keyboards
  • maximum number of people in the elevator
  • splitting up several stairwells: you can go up with one, and go down with the other
  • a limited number of colleagues or customers in one room at the same time
  • spreading working hours

Ask your employer or trade association for the corona protocol that applies to you. Also talk to your employer to contribute ideas or voice your concerns. Have you been working from home lately and are you excited to go back to work? Please indicate it clearly and on time. You may be able to (partially) work from home for a little longer.

More information

Do you have information about the measures at your workplace or would you like to discuss them with an independent employment law expert? Please do not hesitate to contact us. We are available every working day from 8.00 a.m. to 18.00 p.m. via sc@unie.nl and 0345 851 963.