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Pandemic Planning for Employers

Does your organisation have a robust pandemic contingency plan in place? What is your OH policy on pandemics and are you prepared for potential travel bans, quarantine and sick leave?

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Following on from the success of BFI's 21st Pandemic Planning Conference for Employers which took place in London on 5th March, at the beginning of the UK's Coronavirus outbreak, we have developed this in-house version.

There are companies who may not survive a pandemic and planning needs to start now; drawing lessons from the SARS and Avian Flu, BFI’s unique pandemic planning training for employers combines the necessary medical, HR, risk mitigation, legal and operational elements into a robust plan.

Get the real facts and figures, ensuring your organisation revises and implements practical and workable business continuity and contingency plans. You’ll also examine the components of a legal and workable legal policy to understand how to approach such areas as travel bans, sick leave and absenteeism, quarantine and communications as affected by a global pandemic outbreak.

Past trainees said:

"Lots of practical takeaways and invaluable advice" - The BCI

"Very credible and useful advice"

"Very interesting, well-qualified speakers" - UK Business Continuity Manager, Telefonica UK (O2)

We will tailor the course to suit your organisation's needs. This is a preliminary outline to give you a taste of what we typically offer when delivering this course in-house. After an in-depth discussion between your organisation and the trainer, we will develop a course outline which meets the specific needs of your team. 

We can also deliver this course virtually, or as webinar modules.

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Which functions will benefit from attending

  • HR, Health and Safety, Business Continuity Planning, Occupational Health, Contingency and Business Continuity Planning, Recruitment, Resourcing, Legal & Compliance, Line Management, Employee Relations, Security, Risk, Compliance, Strategy, Operations, and all directors and staff with responsibilities within this area.

Schedule

OVERVIEW: PANDEMIC, PREPAREDNESS, PLANNING AND PANIC – RESILIENCE FOR 2020

LEGAL UPDATE FOR HR: CRITICAL POLICY ISSUES

  • Duty to protect staff
  • Sick leave and sick pay
  • Absenteeism and disciplinary actions
  • Travel bans and quarantine
  • Changes in employee roles
  • Layoffs
  • Communications
  • Third-party contracts

DEVELOPING AN EFFECTIVE PANDEMIC CONTINGENCY PLAN

  • Assessing the risks
  • Planning issues: key questions to ask
  • Defining your business position of staff travel
  • Review, testing & updating – key learning points
  • Avoiding common pitfalls; what lessons must be learnt from previous years
  • What does the future hold? planning for a range of scenarios

CONTEXT IS EVERYTHING: CASE STUDIES AND LESSONS LEARNED IN A CRISIS

  • Similarities and differences: a pandemic crisis unpicked
  • How the crisis unfolds: stories from the front line
  • Becoming a trusted source of truth in a hyper-connected world
  • Ensuring your messages are clear and consistent – staff, customers, clients and supply chain
  • Global challenges
  • Key considerations to ensure minimal impact on your business

POLICY CHECKLIST: ENSURING YOUR PANDEMIC PLAN IS FULLY UP TO DATE

  • What needs to be in your policy?
  • Assessing the risk
  • Communicating effectively with employees during a pandemic
  • Ensuring Business Continuity
  • Co-ordinating key functions: HR, Risk, Occupational Health, Legal, Resilience

CRUCIAL ELEMENTS OF PANDEMIC PLANNING & COMMUNICATION POLICY CHECKLIST: ENSURING YOUR PANDEMIC PLAN IS FULLY UP TO DATE

  • Controlling rumour, speculation and panic: essential messages
  • Consistent messages internally and externally
  • Keeping client-facing staff informed and acting on their feedback and questions
  • Integrating your messages across platforms: keeping preparation and planning upfront and central
  • Information management as issue control tool
  • Internal briefing and information cascade: who, what, where and when?

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