My employer has asked me to return to work after 3 weeks of furlough, do I have to return?21st April 2020
Furlough is for those who cannot work or for those where there is no work or if they cannot work from home.
This is a frequently asked question at the moment. It seems a lot of employers have taken furlough for the minimum 3 weeks as time to organise the workplace for employees to return. This means they are now in a position of having work to be done, not being able to work from home but having taken appropriate precautions to safeguard staff under Health and Safety regulations.
For employees who need to be at work, do not have symptoms or live with anyone who has symptoms, and are not vulnerable people, the Government have outlined clear guidance for employers to help protect workers.
Once employers and businesses are following government guidance in staying open safely, they then have to inform staff they are no longer under furlough and are to return to work.
From an employee point of view are they in an at risk group?/carer of an at risk person?, if not, and the conditions are suitable at work, they should seriously consider going back as they do not have good reason to be absent.
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