If, to prevent the spread of coronavirus, an employer instructs employees not to come to work, does it have to pay them in full?

In addition to the duty of care owed by an employer to protect its workforce as a whole, the employer has a duty to provide work for its employees. Therefore, if employees who are willing and able to work are instructed to stay at home as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the employer cannot withhold pay unless it has a clear contractual right to do so. In the absence of such a term, the employer should maintain the employees on full pay, otherwise it risks claims for breach of contract and constructive unfair dismissal. It may be that the employees are able to work from home, in which case the employer should also continue to pay them in full.