People working in the food supply chain will not need to self-isolate if they have been "pinged" by the NHS Covid-19 app, amid growing fears of food shortages due to a lack of available staff.
A 'gradual return to work over the summer' is expected rather than a rush back to the office en masse, the prime minister said as he confirmed that all legal Covid-19 restrictions will end on 19 July.
Workers who refuse to go to work because of health and safety fears will be protected from detrimental treatment from their employers.
The Government is to extend its employer coronavirus testing scheme by offering free testing kits to companies with more than 10 employees.
The Government will review whistleblowing protections amid a surge in employees who claim they were dismissed for speaking up about COVID-19 related issues.
Clinically extremely vulnerable workers will no longer be advised to shield from next month, and will be able to return to the workplace if they are unable to do their job from home.
Undoubtedly, the most important announcement for employers to come out of this year's budget has to be the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until 30 September 2021, which will provide a lifeline to organisations that will still be affected by restrictions on social contact into the summer months.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has outlined his roadmap for lifting coronavirus restrictions and the gradual reopening of the economy in England.
More workplaces providing essential services during the current lockdown will be able to offer rapid COVID-19 testing to their employees, which the Government hopes will detect coronavirus in people not showing symptoms.
HM Revenue & Customs has updated its furlough guidance to confirm that the scheme can be used where employees are unable to work because they are caring for children while schools are closed.
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