Can employees refuse to return to work if they feel unsafe?


Across the country millions of employees are preparing to return to their place of work as lockdown measures ease and business look to re-open.

Recent news from US banking giant Goldman Sachs urging their 6,000 strong UK workforce to return to the office has caused many to question whether they feel safe or are willing to return.

Furthermore, with the furlough scheme coming to an end on 30th September, it is likely that an increasing number of employers will ask their workforce to return to the workplace.

Many employees may still feel uncomfortable about doing so; however, can employees legally refuse to return to work due to fears of contracting Covid-19? Where does the law stand on the matter?

Miquelle Groves, Associate Solicitor at DAS Law, looks at what you need to know…

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About DAS Group

The DAS UK Group comprises an insurance company (DAS Legal Expenses Insurance Company Ltd), a law firm (DAS Law), and an after the event (ATE) legal expenses division.

DAS UK introduced legal expenses insurance (LEI) in 1975, protecting individuals and businesses against the unforeseen costs involved in a legal dispute. In 2018 it wrote more than seven million policies.

 The company offers a range of insurance and assistance add-on products suitable for landlords, homeowners, motorists, groups and business owners, while it’s after the event legal expenses insurance division offers civil litigation, clinical negligence and personal injury products. In 2013, DAS also acquired its own law firm – DAS Law – enabling it to leverage the firm’s expertise to provide its customers with access to legal advice and representation.

 DAS UK is part of the ERGO Group, one of Europe’s largest insurance groups (the majority shareholder in ERGO is Munich Re, one of the world’s largest reinsurers).