Can my boss make me go back to the office? Employment rights explained as working from home advice changes

Can my boss make me go back to the office? Employment rights explained as working from home advice changes

The government guidance on working from home changes from this weekend. The previous messaging of ‘work from home if you can’ no longer applies as of yesterday, Saturday August 1, despite the postponement of other lockdown easing measures. Instead, employers have more discretion to ask staff to return to the workplace if it is safe to do so. All businesses that ask their employees to return to work have been told they need to undertake a risk assessment and put in place various measures to protect their employees from contracting coronavirus. Despite this, many people are still concerned about returning to work or simply prefer not being in the workplace. A recent YouGov survey showed the majority of employees working from home for the first time due to coronavirus hope to continue doing so in the future. According to a study of 4,002 adults, nearly seven in 10 workers said they would like to carry on working this way when the crisis is over. Having greater flexibility with working hours, having more time in the day due to no longer commuting, and being around family more are cited as some of the most popular advantages to being away from the office. Laura Kearsley, partner in law firm Nelson's employment team, has answered some questions and concerns that employees may have on returning to work amid coronavirus. Can my boss make me come back? “If you have been asked to return to work then you will be deemed to be absent without authorisation if ...
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