Since the start of the pandemic last year, the guidelines say “anyone who can work from home should do it” and “if you can’t work from home, plan your trip to avoid the crowds.”
From July 19 this will no longer be the case because the last stage of containment is relaxed.
But officials stop before encouraging a return to the office instead, the decision has been handed over to employers.
However, people will clearly have the right to work from home if they are uncomfortable with the mask rules in their workplace.
But it is believed that the government is not introducing any additional employment rights as part of this change.
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At a press conference in Downing Street, Mr Johnson acknowledged that the pandemic was “far from over” with cases increasing “quite rapidly”.
“There could be 50,000 cases detected per day by the 19th,” he said.
“We are seeing an increase in hospital admissions and we have to come to terms, unfortunately, with more deaths from Covid.
“Under these circumstances, we need to make a careful and balanced decision – and there is only one reason why we are considering moving to step 4 in circumstances where we would normally be locked in more and that is. because of the continued effectiveness of vaccine deployment. “
He added: “We have to balance the risks. The risks of disease that vaccines have reduced but far from being eliminated and the risks of continuing with restrictions imposed by law that inevitably take a toll on people’s lives and livelihoods, on the health of people. people and mental health.
“We have to be honest with ourselves that if we cannot reopen our company in the next few weeks, when we will be helped by the arrival of summer and by the school holidays, then we must ask ourselves: when can we? we return to normal? “
New laws under consideration could prevent bosses from forcing some workers back to the office full-time under post-pandemic plans.
Last month Downing Street said it was consulting on plans to make “flexible working a default option, unless employers have good reason not to.”
The proposals include “time, place and hours of work”, as well as “flexible or compressed hours”.
The Tories have pledged to extend “flexible work” since their 2019 manifesto, and former health secretary Matt Hancock said last year that could mean “a right to ask for flexible work.”
A consultation will take place later this year.
Employees who return to the office after July 19 can claim tax relief if they have worked from home.
Nearly 800,000 people who worked remotely during the pandemic have demanded tax relief on household expenses so far this tax year.
The savings would be worth up to £ 125 per year per employee, according to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), which published the figures on its online complaints portal.
The relief can be backdated for four years, resulting in a total maximum claim of £ 500.