In line with the Government’s recent update, those who can work from home should do so. However, it is acknowledged that it may not be possible for providers of home services to work from home. As a result, adherence to secure guidelines is important in reducing transmission risk. This briefing provides a summary of Section 2 and 2.2 of the Government guidance regarding working from other people’s homes and specifically, who should go to work. This area of the guidance was updated on 24th September 2020.
Employers should communicate with their employees and decide whether they can attend their workplace safely. Individual circumstances should be considered, including employee commute, whether employees are carers, protected characteristics and additional personal circumstances, with particular consideration for those belonging to higher risk groups. Employers should develop a COVID-19 workplace risk assessment and take action to manage transmission risk. The graphic below displays important steps that should be taken when working in other people’s homes.
Beyond individual employee consideration, employers should also consider the implications associated with employees returning to work in the wider community. There are four steps that employers should take.
More information can be found in the Government Guidance Documents.