Post-coronavirus lockdown: Letter notifying employees that they should continue to work from home
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 letter should be used to notify employees who can work from home that they should continue temporary homeworking arrangements whilst 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: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/our-plan-to-rebuild-the-uk-governments-covid-19-recovery-strategy/the-next-chapter-in-our-plan-to-rebuild-the-uk-governments-covid-19-recovery-strategy--2
In practice, it is expected that many employers will continue to have their employees working from home wherever possible. This letter reminds employees that they should:
- Continue to liaise with their line managers;
- Report sickness in the usual way; and
- Book annual leave in accordance with normal procedures.
The letter reassures employees that they will be kept updated with developments in the employer’s return to work strategy and advises them how much notice of the return to the workplace will be given.