The coronavirus pandemic has affected every business in the country. Most have been shut, others have continued trading in a reduced capacity and some have reallocated all their staff to work from home or taken advantage of the Governments furlough scheme.
But we are now entering a period where a managed, staged return to work for many businesses is likely.
It is a truth probably worth remembering at this most difficult of times that nobody goes into business to lay people off.
For the very great majority of employers, letting people go is the very last thing they want to do.
But, as these last few weeks have shown us, sometimes even the best-run business is forced to take difficult decisions.
As more and more companies have shut down in the face of the coronavirus, more and more businesses have faced the prospect of laying people off, or at best putting them on furlough.
Change is on its way
Theres not much we know for certain about what will happen to UK employment law in the wake of Brexit.
But what I can tell you is that things are likely to change.
The Prime Minister has made it clear that he cannot and will not guarantee that our regulations will remain closely aligned with those of the EU.
Indeed, the possibility of a guarantee was explicitly written out of the Withdrawal Agreement. Whilst an original draft contained clauses which guaranteed the protection of all EU derived workers rights, by the time the document gained parliamentary assent these had disappeared.
Have you heard of IR35 yet?
Chances are that if you havent, you soon will.
Thats because it comes into effect from April 6 and could have a major impact on all medium or large-sized private sector businesses which employ contractors.
From that date, responsibility for deciding the employment status of those contractors for tax purposes will switch to the employer doing the hiring and away from the contractor themselves.
After three years of wrangling it now looks certain that the UK will leave the EU at the end of this month.
And for businesses of all shapes and sizes, thats going to bring some sizeable changes to the way they employ people, the rights those workers enjoy and the way in which they are enforced.
It wont all happen overnight of course in fact, far from it.
Hot desking how to make it work
The world of work is changing and that means our working habits are changing with it.
Gone are the days when employees religiously clocked on at 9am, sat at the same desk they had always sat at, and then religiously clocked off at 5pm to return home.
The explosion in digital technology, changing lifestyles and the growth of the freelance culture mean that flexible working is now very much an everyday part of our working lives.
And with that has come the rise of hot desking.