BRITS could be given the legal right to work from home after the coronavirus lockdown, it was reported today.
The global pandemic saw the UK government issue strict guidelines for Brits to work from home to control the spread of coronavirus.
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Brits could be given the option to stay home after the coronavirus lockdown, it was reported todayCredit: TAM / BEEM
And officials at the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy department have now suggested making the right to work from home into law, The Telegraph reported.
One Government minister told the publication: “It makes complete sense.”
The move could also see Boris Johnson push towards his vow of making flexible working a default right for workers – as outlined in the Queen’s speech in December.
The idea – which is still in its infancy – would see staff able to work from home.
It would also allow employers to make their workplaces safe for social distancing after lockdown.
The Sun previously revealed the PM wanted to see Brits back at work by May 26 if the cases continue to slow.
The idea comes after a leaked Government document revealed obese Brits may have to work from home under a draft plan to lift Britain’s coronavirus lockdown.
Severely overweight people could be classified as vulnerable along with over-70s and pregnant women and forced to stay indoors.
Other measures could see new shift patterns that would see staff in work four days followed by 10 days working from home.
Screens between desks, staff sitting back-to-back and a ban on hot desking and sharing of equipment are also among possible moves employers could have to introduce when lockdown is lifted.
The new measures — proposed in draft documents on a return to workplaces — also require staggered shift times to avoid crowding on public transport.
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Handwashing kit must be at entry and exit points, with regular cleaning of worktops. Yellow and black tape will tell people where to stand in lifts.
One-way systems will be the norm in offices and on train platforms and at bus stops.
A Government spokesman said: “The Business Secretary continues to work with businesses, union leaders and the science and medical community so we can ensure workplaces are safe for those who will go back to work once the measures are relaxed and give people the confidence to return to work.”
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