Government directives say, “You have to work from home, unless you can’t.”
Advice is not limited to those who use public transport.
People working on construction sites and in the manufacturing industry are among those who can return to work.
Although Galliard has staff in such roles, the memo does not seem to be limited to people who can only do their job on site.
A Galliard staff member, whose employment status has been verified by the Guardian, said the instructions included headquarters staff.
The employee said he had raised his concerns with the company’s human resources department.
In a series of statements, Galliard Homes said it takes great care of its staff and appears to be suggesting, wrongly, that the Guardian could have sent the email to HR.
A spokesperson for Galliard Homes said, “Your understanding is actually incorrect. We received two emails from a single anonymous email address, but we suspected that it may have been a reporter looking for a story where there is none – your request is strengthening now this suspicion. There is no story. “
In a second statement, the company said: “Frequently asked questions to staff provide information to Galliard staff; no Galliard employee has raised an interpretation as you dishonestly claim.
“In fact, some colleagues certainly don’t go back to work in the office because Galliard cares about and cares for our employees.
“The specific reasons discussed and the people hosted do not interest you – and if you declare that one or more people have asked for and / or refused such humanity, then you are lying because you know that we have confirmed that it was false .
“We have since discovered that the original IP address of the two anonymous emails received by the company, which uses the same language as your correspondence, has been reported elsewhere as a source of trolling. “
The company has not addressed the substance of the guidelines in its FAQ document.
Andy McDonald, the fictitious secretary of labor for labor rights, said that any confusion about when workers should return to work was due to “mixed messages from the government”.
He said the guidelines “do not clarify current health and safety legislation, including that no employee should be forced to work if they have a reasonable fear that their health is at risk.
“Without clarity and without an enforceable plan for a safe return to the workplace, the health of workers and their families will continue to be at risk.”
Gail Cartmail, assistant general secretary of the united union, said government directives said “those who can work from home should work from home.”
“To say that it is only to know whether or not you use public transport is complete nonsense.
“This erroneous advice highlights the essential role that unions play in verifying employers who do not want to comply with public health directives.”
Essex-based Galliard Homes is majority owned by 72-year-old co-founder Stephen Conway, named in this month’s Sunday Times Rich List as the 319th richest person in the UK, along with his family.
His net worth increased by £ 75 million to £ 413 million thanks in part to a solid year for Galliard Homes, which oversaw developments in London, including Butler’s Wharf and the old County Hall.
Profits for the last financial year reached nearly 62 million pounds sterling for revenues of 368 million pounds sterling.