HR Guidance: Contingency planning for business interruptions / Coronavirus

From time to time, issues and incidents will arise that may affect the normal operation of businesses. Business continuity planning is important in the context of a variety of different situations where unforeseen and unplanned events may result in employee absence. These unforeseen events may include adverse weather conditions, and or public transport disputes which make it difficult for employees to attend for work. Similarly, sustained interruptions to supply chains and major outbreaks of flu and/or other epidemics impact on normal business continuity. The recent outbreak of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) is one such example where international efforts are being taken to prevent the further spread of the virus, with consequent impact on supply chains and business travel globally.