Your employer can decide when you go back to the office

Employers will be able to decide when staff go back to work from August, signalling a change to government guidance stating people should work from home where possible.

The Prime Minister said from next month discretion will lie with bosses who should consult with employees and make sure their work place is safe.

He made the announcement as he set out his nine month road map for getting Britain back to normal.

‘Instead of the government telling people to work from home, we are going to give employers more discretion and ask them to make decisions about how their staff can work safely,’ he said.

‘That could mean of course continuing to work from home and which has worked for many employers and employees, or it could mean making work places safe by following Covid secure guidelines’.

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Mr Johnson said bosses should only ask staff to return to their place of work if it is safe.

He added: ‘As we reopen our society and economy, it’s right that we give employers more discretion while continuing to ensure employees are kept safe’.

The government has faced some criticism for indicating they would be allowing employers to decide if returning to the office is safe. Security Minister James Brokenshire denied the government is ‘shirking responsibility,’ as he faced a grilling on BBC Breakfast this morning.

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