PM’s announcement causes confusion for businesses

11 May 2020

Last night’s pronouncement from Prime Minister Boris Johnson that anyone who cannot work from home was actively encouraged to go back to work, has caused confusion.

Workers were also urged to avoid using public transport if possible; and guidance for employers to make the workplace covid-secure is being prepared.

The Coronavirus Act and accompanying regulations remain unchanged, however, the government’s emphasis appears now to have shifted from ‘work from home if you can’ to ‘get back to work if you can’.

The resulting lack of clarity presents a problem for the UK’s workforce, though further information and clarification is expected later today.

Dan Hobbs, an employment b...

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