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Employers may face lawsuits if steps not taken to protect staff from coronavirus

Return to Work protocols will see no handshaking, temperature testing and intensive cleaning policies

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Peter Boland of the Alliance for Insurance Reform

Peter Boland of the Alliance for Insurance Reform

Peter Boland of the Alliance for Insurance Reform

Employers could be successfully sued if they don't take "reasonable steps" to safeguard staff from Covid-19 as they return to work.

Risk assessments and other protective measures, including maintenance of social distancing and the provision of protective masks and other PPE, will be necessary.

Under the roadmap for easing restrictions, the reopening of workplaces is set to take place on a phased basis between May 18 and August 10.