Posted on: 26 May 2020

COVID-19 measures in the UK

Across the UK, there are currently varying measures in place to prevent the spread of the virus. For the latest COVID-19 rules, regulations and measures, visit the government website of the country that you are based.

England: The latest guidance for businesses in England can be at the UK government website.

Northern Ireland: Northern Irish businesses can find the most up to date guidance at the Northern Irish Department of Health website.

Scotland: For the latest updates for Scottish businesses, visit the Scottish government’s website.

Wales: Business based in Wales can find the most up to date information by visiting the Welsh government website.

The following article may refer to government guidelines which were in place on the date it was published.

Back to work during the COVID-19 pandemic

If you have employees who have been on parental leave since before the COVID-19 pandemic, welcoming them back to work may be more difficult than usual due to new ways of working.

Take a look at some guidance below on how you can get your team back to work following their parental leave.


Whilst you may want to get your employee back to work, introducing them back into the workplace at a time of widespread disruption could cause unnecessary stress, especially for a new parent.

An option that you have as a business owner is to place members of your team on furlough, allowing them to claim 80% of their wage, whilst not having to go to work. Take a look at our guide to furloughing an employee here.

You can then go through the usual methods of introducing your team member back once the government have deemed it safe to do so.

How to get your team member on parental leave back to work during the COVID-19 pandemic

Whilst returning to work is important for your team member who may have been on parental leave, it is important to ensure that their transition back to work is as seamless as possible. This could give you a few different routes to take.


Get in touch with the member of your team coming back from parental leave before they are due back to talk through what is expected of them whilst they are working from home. This could be a call over the phone or you could set up a face-to-face video chat.

Being a new parent can be a difficult time, so ease your team member into their work without putting pressure on them and their new family.

Whilst your team member might want to spend every second possible with the new addition, work can also feel like a space for them to get some peace. Working from home, they will have plenty of distractions, so be understanding when it comes to what is expected of them.


To be able to effectively do their job at home, a member of staff should have access to equipment that they would have in the workplace.

If a member of your team has been on parental leave before the pandemic started, they might not have had the chance to pick up any work items that they could need, such as a laptop or communications equipment like headsets.

Depending on the size of your business, you may have access to virtual workstations that any employee could access away from work, but if you are an SME, you may not have this luxury and may rely on physical computing hardware. If this is the case, contact your employee to arrange the collection or delivery of essential equipment that may be not available at home. Of course, all equipment that is handed out to your employee should be completely sanitised before handing it over.

Follow standard parental leave protocols

Even though many businesses are no longer operating as usual, you will still need to follow returning to work post parental leave laws.

Take a look at our guide to employee parental leave for further information.

Business insurance with Premierline

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At Premierline, our insurance brokers will assess your business’ needs to make sure that your business is covered should the worst happen. We work with some of the UK’s most well-known insurers to ensure that your quote is competitive.

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