In the latest working from home news, this could be the ‘new normal’ after ministers drew up plans for flexible working hours to continue after restrictions on coronaviruses are lifted.
Over the past year, the government has asked those who can work from home to do so.
But now a leaked report claims the work from home revolution will continue.
Could working from home be the new normal? (Credit: Pexels)
What does the leaked report say about working from home?
The Daily Mail reports that the proposals would change the law to prevent employers from forcing staff into the workplace unless they can prove it is essential.
Meanwhile, a source added: “We are considering introducing a default right to flexible work.
“It would cover things like reasonable requests from parents to start late so they can drop their children off at daycare.
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“But in the case of office workers in particular, that would also cover working from home – it would be the right by default unless the employer can show good reasons why someone shouldn’t.”
These new “default” rights for workers include bosses providing good reasons to return to the office.
Mr Gove said there could be changes in the way we live (Credit: Malcolm Park / Cover Images)
“Changes in our way of life”
Government Minister Michael Gove appeared to tease the new approach yesterday (Wednesday, June 16).
He appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today show and said: “Now I suspect – and I’m not advocating it, I’m just thinking about the future – we may see different workplaces allowing people to work from home at certain times as well as when entering the office.
“I think there may be changes in the way we live.”
Currently, all coronavirus restrictions are expected to be lifted on July 19.
However, there is resistance and criticism of the plan by some who fear that it will turn towns into “zombie towns”.
Could full-time office work be a thing of the past? (Credit: Pexels)
What did Boris Johnson say earlier this week?
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a press conference to brief the nation on the latest coronavirus news.
He said easing restrictions would be delayed until July 19.
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Social distancing rules will remain in place, he said, as will the wearing of masks in some interior spaces.
Homework is also required.
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