Life after lockdown – government guidance for employers

In England, people who cannot work at home are now being encouraged by the UK Government to go back to work. It seems that we can expect further phased easing of lockdown measures over the coming weeks and months, which will gradually allow more people to return to work.

The UK government has designated COVID-19 as a ‘serious and imminent threat to public health’. This means that if an employer does not take appropriate steps to protect its workforce, workers have the right to walk out and refuse to come back to work. Any dismissals, or other detrimental treatment by the employer under these conditions, could result in a claim, uncapped compensation and wider public criticism.

Read the latest government guidance for businesses regarding returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic here.

If you have any questions about returning to work, or any further employment law questions, get in touch with our employment expert Ellie Humphris on

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