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Get It Right | The Coronavirus Hub

Find answers to your questions on coronavirus (COVID-19) and our latest briefings.

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There are no excuses. The Government MUST get it right this time. They need to be clear, put safety first and get this country working again.

With all of the UK under ever tighter restrictions due to Coronavirus, GMB is more determined than ever to ensure that our members are safe and their jobs secure.

We want to see workplaces open where they can do so safely and where they can’t open safely for jobs to be safeguarded for better times in the future.

GMB's Safe Work and Secure Jobs Policy Statement
 

What is your current working situation?

 


A COVID-secure workplace

 

It’s important your employer gets it right and ensures that your workplace is safe. Use the information and guidance below to ensure this happens.
 

Risk Assesments

Additional Information

Sectors most at risk

Issues to be addressed

Resolving problems

Test and trace

Review


↓ Working from home principles 


During the first lockdown many GMB members accepted less than perfect homeworking arrangements in a spirit of muddling through and make do and mend.

We now know we are in for a long haul where millions of people will be homeworking in the medium term, and at least until the widespread distribution of an effective vaccine.

In this situation of extended homeworking it becomes an abuse of goodwill by the employer to fail to put in place adequate systems to manage and support homeworking.

We think it’s time to ensure that all employers shoulder their fair share of the cost of homeworking.

Employers need to be reminded that we are doing them a favour by working from home. We are giving them space in our homes to run their business from.

The three areas GMB are concerned about are: Cost, Kit and Welfare.


The employer must bear all the costs of the move to homeworking.

That means the employer footing the bill for things like:

  • Extra heating costs.
  • Extra electricity bills.
  • Use of personal phone.
  • Use of personal WIFI connection.
  • Upkeep and maintenance of any personal equipment such as own computers, printers etc.

Best practice: If the employer is relying entirely on you using your own phone and your own personal computer/laptop/ tablet etc, then they should compensate you for the entire cost.
 



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The employer must provide the right equipment, advice and support to work from home effectively, safely, and comfortably.

That means the employer must:

  • Provide adequate ICT equipment.
  • Train you in how to set up a safe, healthy and comfortable ‘home office’.
  • Assess what kit you need.
  • Fund what kit you need.

Best practice: the employer should work to the underlying principles contained in the Display Screen Equipment Regulations and not use the technical exemptions for laptops tablets etc. That means they should provide adequate equipment (including office furniture where necessary) to allow you to maintain good posture and ensure that you take regular breaks.


The employer must put in place effective support mechanisms to reduce stress and promote a good work/life balance.

That means the employer must:

  • Ensure you work only during your working hours.
  • Not expect responses to emails and other communications outside of working hours – unless you are paid to be ‘on call’.
  • Recognise your right to a private life – including things like the right not to switch on your webcam during virtual meetings.
  • Carry out a stress risk assessment using HSE tools.
  • Promote wellbeing and good mental health through training of workers and managers.

 

 

 


↓ Furlough extension 


The Government has extended the furlough arrangements (otherwise known as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – CJRS) until the end of March 2021. 

View scheme details
 


↓ Saving Jobs Hub 


GMB fights for every job. There is no bigger challenge for us and no time where our members need us more. See our relevant guidance and advice on saving jobs.

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