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Employees working in your home – Government guidance

Linky Trott, head of employment, Edwin Coe, 15/05/2020

As part of the Government’s ‘phasing’ out of lockdown the UK Government has published its more detailed guidance to employers on the ‘lockdown release’ arrangements. Within that guidance, there are eight specific guides for different workplaces, one of which is for those working in other people’s homes.

Section 1 makes it clear that the objective of the guidance is to ensure that all employers carry out a risk assessment noting that: “As an employer, you have a legal responsibility to protect workers and others from risk to their health and safety. This means you need to think about the risks they face and do everything reasonably practicable to minimise them, recognising you cannot completely eliminate the risk of Covid-19”. 

Much of the guide however addresses guidance for those who may be doing ad hoc work in a home (e.g. kitchen fitters) or those who are delivering. For classic, ‘home staff’ such as cleaners, nannies, gardeners, drivers, housekeepers etc, the detail is light. In the circumstances, it would be prudent to consider what could be taken from other aspects of guidance pr...


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