Post Coronavirus lockdown: Letter recalling employees to the workplace
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.
With effect from 19 July, the government is no longer instructing individuals to work from home if they can. This puts employers in a stronger position to require their employees to return to the workplace, provided they have implemented proper safety measures before requiring employees to return.
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: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19.
This letter explains to employees the arrangements for their 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 COVID-19 Back to Work folder.
There is an optional clause explaining the Company’s hybrid working model, which enables employees to work partly in the workplace and partly remotely. The Hybrid Working Policy template can be found here.