JFSC UPDATE - Relaxation of lockdown requirements for financial services
Relaxation of lockdown requirements for financial services
The Government of Jersey has announced that lockdown restrictions on financial services businesses are being lifted from tomorrow (Thursday 21 May).
The ‘Stay at Home’ order and ‘Essential Worker Scheme’ is being replaced by new workplace regulations, which means that businesses can plan to gradually return to the workplace.
Working from home – default operating model
The Government is still stipulating that businesses should continue to work from home for the present time unless it is necessary for a limited number of essential employees to return to the workplace to carry out critical operations.
As required by the Government, before any of your staff can return to your office premises, you are required to carry out a full risk assessment and put health and safety measures in place to manage and reduce the risk of the virus spreading.
Only the bare minimum of staff will be allowed back into the office under these revised requirements and only if their work cannot be carried out at home.
Planning your return to the workplace
Your business should prepare a return to work risk assessment for your Board or Executive to approve. This will be bespoke to your office environment and should cover:
- the operational reasons why your business needs to return to the office
- a risk assessment of all areas of your business where there is the potential for person-to-person contamination, for example, internal and external meetings, supply deliveries, sales processes, office setup, etc.
- detailed measures to manage any identified risks
- a policy for your staff members who must or should work from the office
- contingency planning for future staff illness
You will need to make your risk assessment available to the relevant authorities on request.
Revising your business continuity plans
You should also update your business continuity plans to reflect your new arrangements with reference to your return to work risk assessment.
We expect all regulated businesses to continue to meet regulatory requirements while transitioning back to the workplace.
If you have any concerns or queries, you should contact your supervisor.
Guidance on working safely during the pandemic
For more information about Jersey’s new work regulations or for any queries you may have about returning to the workplace, you should contact the Government. email@example.com
The UK Government published guidance earlier this month around office working during the pandemic.
UK Government guidance: Working safely during Covid-19 in offices and contact centers = https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5eb97e7686650c278d4496ea/working-safely-during-covid-19-offices-contact-centres-110520.pdf
Meet the team of industry experts behind ComsureFind out more
Keep up to date with the very latest news from ComsureFind out more
View our latest imagery from our news and workFind out more
Think we can help you and your business? Chat to us todayGet In Touch
As well as owning and publishing Comsure's copyrighted works, Comsure wishes to use the copyright-protected works of others. To do so, Comsure is applying for exemptions in the UK copyright law. There are certain very specific situations where Comsure is permitted to do so without seeking permission from the owner. These exemptions are in the copyright sections of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended)[www.gov.UK/government/publications/copyright-acts-and-related-laws]. Many situations allow for Comsure to apply for exemptions. These include 1] Non-commercial research and private study, 2] Criticism, review and reporting of current events, 3] the copying of works in any medium as long as the use is to illustrate a point. 4] no posting is for commercial purposes [payment]. (for a full list of exemptions, please read here www.gov.uk/guidance/exceptions-to-copyright]. Concerning the exceptions, Comsure will acknowledge the work of the source author by providing a link to the source material. Comsure claims no ownership of non-Comsure content. The non-Comsure articles posted on the Comsure website are deemed important, relevant, and newsworthy to a Comsure audience (e.g. regulated financial services and professional firms [DNFSBs]). Comsure does not wish to take any credit for the publication, and the publication can be read in full in its original form if you click the articles link that always accompanies the news item. Also, Comsure does not seek any payment for highlighting these important articles. If you want any article removed, Comsure will automatically do so on a reasonable request if you email firstname.lastname@example.org.