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Workers could be given the right to work from home by default under new post-pandemic plans, it has been reported.
The proposals would make changes to the law to block employers from insisting staff attend the workplace without showing it to be essential.
The latest government guidance says that employees should work from home where possible.
But if you can't do your job from home, you can be called in to work.
Employers must ensure there are certain safety measures in place before allowing workers to return.
These include increasing the distance between workstations to allow for social distancing, and encouraging mask-wearing when walking around the building.
Working from home has become the norm for many for over a year
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The Daily Mail reports that the Government is set to consult on plans for a law change over the summer, ahead of possible legislation later this year.
A Whitehall source was reported to have said: "We are looking at introducing a default right to flexible working. That would cover things like reasonable requests by parents to start late so they can drop their kids at childcare.
"But in the case of office workers in particular it would also cover working from home – that would be the default right unless the employer could show good reason why someone should not."
Meanwhile, a senior source was reported to have said that Boris Johnson continued to believe in the benefits of office working.
It comes after a leaked memo revealed advice that ministers should avoid telling people to return to the office even when ‘step four’ of the delayed lockdown roadmap happens in England.
Boris Johnson announced earlier that the end of lockdown would be delayed
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The Cabinet Office paper, obtained by Politico, also reportedly delivered a stinging criticism of £96.35-a-week sick pay.
The end of the current Covid lockdown restrictions has been pushed back by another four weeks, meaning millions of workers will be asked to continue to work from home until at least early summer.
In a statement to the public on Monday, the Prime Minister said that Covid restrictions would not be fully lifted until July 19, with unvaccinated people to have their inoculations fast-tracked.
In a press conference, the PM said it was a "difficult choice" to push back restrictions being fully lifted, but said he was "concerned" about the delta variant.
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"I think it is sensible to wait just a little longer," he said.
Despite the easing of restrictions since March, everyone who can work from home should still do so under current guidance. This will remain in place until all measures are relaxed.
"I am confident we won't need more than four weeks – it's unmistakable clear that the vaccines are working – but now is the time to ease off the accelerator."