Download the COVID-19 Business Stand Down Guide
Managing the workplace in the face of an outbreak
An employer may stand down an employee during a period in which the employee cannot usefully be employed because of a number of circumstances including:
• industrial action (other than industrial action organised or engaged in by the employer),
• a breakdown of machinery or equipment, if the employer cannot reasonably be held responsible for the breakdown, or,
• a stoppage of work for any cause for which the employer cannot reasonably be held responsible.
Whether the option of standing down employees is available is very fact dependent and an employer should exercise the option cautiously.
This guide will provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision as to whether to enact a stand down and if so, how.