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.