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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Work from home advice changes from August 1- what you need to know – Manchester Evening News

Until the end of last month during the pandemic, the government guidance for England was that if you can work from home, you should do so. But from yesterday (August 1) this changed.

Prior to this change, if you’re unable to do your job from home, you were advised to go back into your workplace if possible and it was Covid-secure.

The onus is on your employer to ensure your workplace is Covid-secure to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus.

And in order to make your work environment safe, this could mean additional deep cleaning, a change in seating arrangements, or putting up screens to shield employees and floor markings to ensure social distancing. Detailed guides for each type of workplace are here.

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The exception had been if you ere clinically vulnerable and shielding – you should continue to work from home or claim Statutory Sick Pay if you’re unable to do so.

What changed from August 1?

Instead of the government deciding who and who can’t work from home, it’s now up to companies to decide who needs to physically be in the workplace.

Announcing the changes last month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government was giving employers “more discretion.”

He explained that this could mean “continuing to work from home, which is one way of working safely and which has worked for many employers and employees.”

Can your boss make you go back to the office? (Image: PA)

Or, it could mean ensuring workplaces are safe environments for employees by following Covid-secure guidelines.

As shielding is also ending today, this could mean that people who were previously at home due to their chronic health conditions are now able to return to their workplace.advised to avoid rush hour if possible.

Can I still work from home?

If you can do your job well from home, you could make that argument to your boss.

Crucially, the government is not instructing everyone to go back to work. Instead, it is offering employers the option.

In reality, many offices will have far lower capacity than before so many companies are likely to still have some staff working from home.

However, ultimately this is a decision for your firm.

The big difference is that from August 1, there is no government rule on keeping you away from HQ – it’s a conversation you have to have with your boss.

Do local lockdown restrictions in the north affect this?

No. The prime minister confirmed the change in advice would be going ahead despite local lockdown measures being imposed on parts of the north.

In a press briefing on Friday, he said: “Two weeks ago, I also said that from tomorrow the government would give employers more discretion over how employees can work safely – whether by continuing to work from home or attending a Covid Secure workplace.

“We know that employers have gone to huge lengths to make workplaces safe, so that guidance remains unchanged.”



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