COVID-19: What can employers do?

The ILO and its constituents – Governments, workers and employers – will play a crucial role in combating the outbreak, ensuring the safety of individuals and the sustainability of businesses and jobs.

COVID-19: What can employers do?

Monitor advice provided by national and local authorities, including on work arrangements, and communicate critical information to the workforce.

Assess the potential risks of business disruption.

Review or draw up a business continuity plan that is consistent with guidelines offered by national and local authorities to enhance business resilience and support workers and their families.

Identify and mitigate risks to workers and other persons connected to the workplace arising from exposure to COVID-19.

Promote workplace hygiene and apply the principles of social distancing in the workplace; assess business liability for workers’ compensation, particularly in sectors with high work-related exposure to COVID-19.

Seek advice and support from employer and business membership organizations who can channel concerns to the government and shape policy measures that are conducive for business resilience and sustainability.