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Rutland businesses urged to support homeworking to reduce the spread of coronavirus

The director of public health is urging business owners to make sure they are doing enough to support working from home.

The current lockdown rules mean people can only go out to work if their job cannot reasonably be done from home.

This includes people working in construction, manufacturing, childcare or education, essential public services, essential retail and those supporting national infrastructure.

Employers should help their employees to work from home
Employers should help their employees to work from home

For their part, employers have to discuss working arrangements with their staff and ensure they have done everything they can to allow them to work from home, including providing suitable IT and equipment.

Mike Sandys, director for public health at Rutland County Council, said: “The last 12 months have been extremely difficult for local businesses, which have been fighting Covid-19 on multiple fronts.

“Some have been forced to close because of the pandemic. For others, lockdown and other restrictions have meant a big drop in trade.

Mike Sandys, director of public health for Rutland
Mike Sandys, director of public health for Rutland

“Those businesses who are continuing to operate in line with restrictions are working hard to implement Covid-secure measures, to keep staff and customers safe.

“With all these pressures in mind, it is absolutely vital businesses adhere to the guidelines on homeworking, to help stop the spread of Covid-19.”

He added that cases of a “lax approach” to some guidelines had been uncovered in Rutland, with employers allowing people to come into a workplace without good reason, or, in some cases, putting pressure on staff to return to the workplace when work could be done safely at home.

Businesses breaking the rules could face legal action.

Rutland County Council is contacting all local businesses to make sure they have the latest workplace guidelines and is providing advice on how businesses can support their employees.

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