Employment Lawyers Can Answer Your Employment Law Questions
Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. I may also need to ask some questions to determine the legal position.
What is your specific question please?
How long has he worked there for?
Thank you. Can the 2m social distancing rule be followed at his workplace?
Ok thanks. There is a specific list of businesses which must close but these which are not included on it can still rem ain open as long as the work cannot be undertaken from home and they adhere to the 2m social distancing rules. These rules can only be ignored if the business is considered essential and designated as such by the Government, which it does not sound like it is in this case.
In the circumstances, the employer should be looking at closing down and relying on the Government Job Retention scheme to pay part of their employees’ wages whilst they are off work, retaining their employment and have them ready to return once the go ahead has been given.
The employees can consider reporting this employer to their local Council which may then potentially look into whether any violation have been incurred and if necessary, take further steps.
Does this answer your query?
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