Fri. Sep 17th, 2021

22nd Pandemic Management Conference for Employers: Essential Covid-19 Update, Thursday 22nd May 2020, 2pm5.30pm BST, Online


There are companies who may not survive the current global Covid-19 pandemic; everyone is operating in uncharted waters. Drawing lessons from the SARS and Avian Flu outbreaks, BFI’s unique 22nd pandemic management event for employers is now available virtually and combines the necessary medical, HR, risk mitigation, legal and operational elements into a robust management plan.

Attend a 3.5 hour live interactive conference with built-in time to get your questions answered and network with fellow attendees. You will receive a full set of resources.

Special 25% discount available to the NHS – email [email protected] from an NHS email address, and you will be sent the discount code.

Cost per attendee: £195 + VAT (£234 inclusive of VAT)

Why attend?
This critical briefing will give employers the real facts and figures, ensuring your organisation revises and implements practical and workable business continuity and contingency plans. We’ll also examine the components of a legal and up to date employment law policy to include furlough, sick leave and absenteeism, quarantine and communications as affected by a global pandemic outbreak.

Experts will also address the crucial elements of communication and briefing during a pandemic as well as give key medical updates and government plans to ensure your organisation can implement a robust recovery policy.

Online conference highlights
* Up-to-the minute expert advice on the latest developments in law, policy, directives and best practice
* All the world-class information and speakers featured in previous events, but in a safe format accessible from your device
* Revised programme to address specific Covid-19 challenges as they are happening
* Shorter format to suit the new working day; safely and easily accessible content
* Direct access to experts to have your questions answered live
* Virtual networking with your peers facing the same challenges – make sure you discover what colleagues are doing and which strategies work best

Feedback from the 21st Pandemic Planning Conference, March 2020
“Lots of practical takeaways and invaluable advice. Excellent Day” – Head of Thought Leadership, BCI

“Interesting and relevant. If still a lot of unknowns” – Head of Health and Safety, Muller UK and Ireland LLP

“Very interesting, well-qualified speakers” – UK Business Continuity Manager, Telefonica

“Good flow from different areas of expertise” – Group Safety Director, FirstGroup PLC

“Good speakers, good content, very useful at this time either now or to stop what we do” – EHS Advisor, Lucozade Ribena Suntory

“Excellent speakers, well-run event” – Crisis Simulation Director, YUDU Sentinel

“Very credible and useful advice.” – Business Manager, Hampshire Trust Bank

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.


14:00 Welcome and introduction
Welcome and rules of engagement: chat, networking, interaction, Q&A
Elizabeth Smith, Director of Research, Business Forums International Ltd. (BFI)

1405 Global update for employers
* Context setting
* COVID-19 – Background and timeline
* Global surveillance
* Overview of key messages for employers
* Advice/recommendations related to travel and international employees
* Case studies
* Resources
Dr Dipti Patel, Chief Medical Officer, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

1430 Key virology messages for business: ensuring your staff and customers are safe
A crucial medical update on the current situation to help employers understand what will happen next and what they should be planning for in the medium and long-term, including a look at PPE myths and realities.

1500 Government and medical Q&A
An unmissable chance to put your biggest concerns live to the experts. Interactive formula ensures the experts can see all delegate questions and will be addressing them live.
Dr Dipti Patel, Chief Medical Officer, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

1515 Virtual tea break and delegate networking
Don’t miss the chance to have a virtual cuppa with your fellow delegates. We will provide a networking room with interactive functions and the option to see and hear your peers. Swap war stories, examine possible solutions to the challenges you’re facing as employers or join the ‘what I wish I’d known’ debate.

Alternatively, take a break and have some fresh air, tutor the kids in maths or meditate for 30 minutes.

1545 Legal checklist: furlough, sick leave and absenteeism, quarantine
* Duty to protect staff
* Sick leave and sick pay
* Absenteeism and disciplinary actions
* Quarantine
* Changes in employee roles
* Layoffs
* Communications
* Third party contracts
* Testing and contact tracing: privacy and date requirements
* Union relations
Vince Toman, Barrister, Lewis Silkin LLP

1615 Continuity and contingency planning to return to work: what does a robust plan need and where should you be right now?
A critical checklist for employers: what do you need to do for a safe and smooth transition to the new normal?
* Physical safety checklist and new social distancing
* Employee communications and concerns
* Phasing in your staff returns
* Policy considerations
Mark Harris, Lead Crisis Consultant, Blindside Risk

1645 Employee well-being and robust mental health
* Our recent survey put supporting employee mental health at the top of most employers’ agendas during and post-Covid-19. At a time when this key issue has never been more important, you will learn what best practise looks like:
* What are the specific issues caused by furlough and how do you start to mitigate for them?
* Building a robust mentally healthy workplace post-Covid-19
* ‘Them and us’: reconciling a workforce divided by furlough, shielding and care duties
* Vulnerable employees: warning signs and effective support strategies
Abigail Hirshman, Head of Workplace Mental Health and Wellbeing, ACAS

1715 Interactive Q&A
Your outstanding questions addressed by the experts.

1730 End of conference


Call 01983 861133 or email [email protected] with any questions

View their free weekly ‘Covid-19 employer webinar: what to do this week’ every Thursday at 11am BST, details on their website

See for a full list of BFI’s online conferences and workshops


By Editor