Post Coronavirus lockdown: Letter recalling employees to the workplace
This document is not suitable for use while the current lockdown
continues. Once the lockdown has ended or the Government or Public
Health England guidance has changed the document will be reviewed
and amended accordingly.
This Post-coronavirus lockdown: Letter recalling employees to the workplace
should be used to recall employees to the workplace as the coronavirus
lockdown is gradually lifted.
On 17 July, Boris Johnson changed the official guidance to employers,
saying that, with effect from 1 August, employers can bring staff back to
work if they believe it is COVID-19 safe. Johnson said: “We’re going to
give employers more discretion and ask them to make decisions about how
their staff can work safely. That could mean continuing to work from home,
which is one way of working safely and which has worked for many employers
and employees. Or it could mean making workplaces safe”.
The full advice can be found here:
All workplaces should follow the “COVID-19 Secure” guidelines, the aim of
which is to ensure the risk of infection is as low as possible, while
allowing as many people as possible to resume their livelihoods:
This letter explains to employees why they are being recalled to the
workplace and the special safety measures that have been put in place to
protect them. Employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of
their employees and must follow the government guidance relating to their
business sector. Employers must also carry out a risk assessment of the
risks in their own workplace and take the necessary steps to address those
risks before recalling employees to the workplace. Example risk assessments
can be found in the Simply-Docs COVID-19 Back to Work folder.
The Post-coronavirus lockdown: Letter recalling employees to the workplace
also provides for the employee’s line manager to contact the employee to
discuss arrangements for the employee’s return to work. This might be in
order to discuss practical matters, such as staggered start times, or to
address concerns the employee may have in respect of returning to the