Committee releases submissions from concerned workers during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Committee releases submissions from concerned workers during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has published a selection of concerns from workers after asking the public to contact the committee and share the measures implemented by their employers to support them throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The committee received over 2,000 emails and tweets. It has published a selection of submissions already and plans to publish another by the end of the week. Employees from all sectors of the economy and regions of the UK have taken part in the survey.

Concerns shared with the committee include the following:

• concerns involving protective equipment and safety measures in the workplace and sufficient social distancing

• lack of clarity regarding which workplaces should remain open

• eligibility for the government’s Job Retention Scheme

• rules concerning self-isolation, sick pay, annual leave and holiday pay

• ambiguity regarding the rights of pregnant women, people with existing health conditions, those living with vulnerable individuals

• lack of clarity concerning guidance on working from home

Source: Coronavirus—selection of worker concerns published by BEIS Committee

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