COVID-19 live employer Q&A: Reopening Retail

Our Employment Law and Health & Safety experts are joining forces with the British Independent Retailers Association to discuss the latest developments impacting the Retail sector and answer any questions you may have about reopening your store.

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Tune in live: Thursday 4th June
11:00 - 11:30

With the Prime Minister recently announcing that  all non-essential retailers will be able to reopen in England from 15 June, our Director of Legal Services, James Tamm, and Director of Health & Safety Services, Nick Wilson, will be dissecting all of the major talking points and exploring how businesses in the Retail sector can prepare for a safe and smooth transition to the “new norm”.

The pair will be addressing the potential employment ramifications of a return to work, including workforce planning, staff absence, test and track guidance and furlough, and explaining how you can ensure health and safety due diligence, covering practical control measures, risk assessments and your legal obligations.

James and Nick will be joined by BIRA CEO Andrew Goodacre, who will be offering industry-leading insight on preparing to open, retailing post-COVID-19, and what we can learn from Europe.

With retailers likely to come under the microscope over the coming weeks and months, this 30-minute session aims to keep you abreast of the latest government guidance, avoid costly mistakes, and minimise any delays to getting your business back on track.

Due to the high relevance of these webinars for businesses, our virtual training sessions have been regularly oversubscribed and we tend to receive hundreds of questions. Please rest assured that even if we don’t have time to answer your question during the Q&A, we will respond to you personally afterwards.

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Visit our free Coronavirus Advice Hub to watch our last COVID-19: Live employer Q&A on demand. Here, you can also download a range of useful resources, including helpful guidance notes, sample letters and policies, and risk assessment templates, which are updated regularly to reflect current government guidance.

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About the Hosts

James Tamm

Director of Legal Services at Ellis Whittam

Since qualifying as a solicitor in 2007, James has specialised in employment law exclusively. 

His practice includes advising on a full range of non-contentious issues, encompassing disciplinary matters, redundancies, grievances, restructures, TUPE and industrial relation disputes.

James also has extensive experience in dealing with Employment Tribunal claims, including representation in a full range of unfair dismissal cases, discrimination claims, protective awards, TUPE and whistleblowing claims.

James previously headed the Litigation Team at Ellis Whittam before going on to become Head of Employment Law and then Director of Legal Services. In his current position, he is responsible for delivering the Legal Team’s strategic objectives, with direct line management responsibility for a team of approximately 45 lawyers.

Nick Wilson

Director of Health & Safety Services at Ellis Whittam

Nick is a Chartered safety practitioner and Director of Health & Safety Services at Ellis Whittam.

Having spent more than 25 years in the field, formerly as an HSE Inspector and later working alongside defence lawyers in a busy legal practice, Nick has seen the challenge of delivering safer practices in the workplace from both sides.

A former council member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, Nick has an extensive knowledge of health and safety legislation and its transposition into practical risk control measures within the workplace.

His nationwide team of consultants support thousands of clients with their health and safety needs through a combination of site visits and remote support, with the aim of simplifying compliance and helping employers fulfil their duty of care.

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