Can I make them return to work after the lockdown?
If you’re anything like me, you’ve definitely got an ear to the ground for the inevitable leaks that’ll come from the government ahead of Boris’ big speech on Monday.
You’re probably also thinking about your employees, can I make them return to work after lockdown?
And as things start to ease, there’ll definitely be challenges for employers.
There’s one particular challenge we’re already getting a lot of questions about:
“If staff prefer to work from home, can I ask them to return after lockdown?”
The answer is a pretty unequivocal “yes”.
As ‘working from home’ was always a temporary arrangement for most employees, you’re well within your rights to ask them to return to their usual way of working.
If they do want to continue from home, then the onus is on them to make a “flexible working request”; something that all staff with 26 weeks + service can do.