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Lockdown 3 announced - What now for the workplace?

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Lockdown 3 announced - What now for the workplace?

I did not make my children listen this time round to the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4 January 2021, that we yet again enter national lockdown. Education will be by remote learning until mid-February and the extremely clinically vulnerable must again shield. They were in bed after their first day of school.

It really is a challenging time for so many and in so many ways. The ground continues to shift beneath us just as we start to familiarise ourselves with the new rhythm. In the workplace, from what we know so far, lockdown 3 looks like this:

  • Employees 'can only leave home for work purposes where it is unreasonable … to do [their] job from home’. This wording is not likely to be mirrored in the legislation so watch out for our next update
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable should not attend the workplace, but can work from home where this is possible
  • Furlough can be used for employees who are unable to work due to childcare issues or are clinically extremely vulnerable, or at the highest risk of severe illness from coronavirus and following public health guidance (which we expect will be updated imminently)

We continue to be in an ever-changing situation. We will update our resources as quickly as possible but please also ensure that you check the most up to date guidance at gov.uk. Some potentially useful links are below:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/949536/NationalLockdownGuidance.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

 

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