How do I know if I am a “key worker” or not?
In general, the Utilities contracts will qualify for ‘key worker’ status. We are working with our clients to clarify which roles within the business would meet the category of ‘key worker’. Once this has been done you will be advised by your line manager and either given a letter or told how to obtain one to confirm your ‘key worker’ status.
Why do I need to continue to fulfil my duties, coming into contact with members of public and jeopardising my health and well-being, when my office based colleagues have been permitted to work from home?
The World Health Organisation has declared the coronavirus a pandemic and the government has now introduced measures (starting 23 March) requiring that people should only leave home under
a list of ‘very limited purposes’. This means people should only travel to and from work where work absolutely cannot be done at home.
Clancy have a role in supporting an essential utility and most operational roles are classed as ‘Key Workers’ in order to continue to keep the services running. This may mean skeleton teams will have to operate. To ensure fairness for those who can continue to work, the alternatives for arranging the workload of an absent employee to be covered by the employee’s colleagues are fairly limited.
The options include:
- In line with the latest Government advice, working from home is the first option to consider. Employees may be able to work at home outside normal working hours (if childcare is needed
during working hours).
- Temporary transfers from one area of the business to another may resolve a temporary burden of staff shortages.
- Working with the remaining staff and the absent employees to establish other forms of working that may be suitable.
- Closure of the workplace temporarily.
- Possible planned decline in productivity or activity for a limited period.