LAW SOCIETY ADVICE ON CORONAVIRUS: WORKING FROM HOME POLICY: “YOU WILL BE AT RISK OF FACING A STRONG LEGAL CLAIM”
The Law Society has a specific advice page on Coronavirus available here.
There have been comments this morning about some firms insisting staff attend work. It is worthwhile reading the Law Society advice.
“If you refuse to allow employees to stay at home and this goes against the advice of the government or Public Health England, then you will be at risk of facing a strong legal claim.”
There are specific sections. Under the question “Do we have to allow employees to work from home”
“The government has asked everyone who can work from home to do so. Its advice to employees states: “Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this.”
It’s also highly likely that there will be periods over the next two years where the government will require parts of the workforce to stay at home, so it’s important that you consider how a working from home default policy could be implemented.
You must act consistently and fairly across your organisation.
Employers have a duty of care to their employees, so you should regularly assess health and safety risks. This duty includes the need to take additional care with those who are known to be vulnerable. The government has highlighted those groups of people who are at most risk from coronavirus.
If you refuse to allow employees to stay at home and this goes against the advice of the government or Public Health England, then you will be at risk of facing a strong legal claim.”