07 Oct I’m Worried About Covid-19 Risk And Don’t Want To Return To Work
As a domestic/household employee you can, of course, choose not go to work, however you can’t expect there not to be any repercussions.
The first is that you can be dismissed as you would be in breach of your contract of employment. If you do not work, your employer does not have to pay you.
However, in these exceptional times, there are some exceptional circumstances.
Section 44 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 protects workers who leave work, or refuse to return, when they have a reasonable belief there’s a ‘serious or imminent danger’ to their safety. So, does a risk or perceived risk of Covid-19 infection fall inside this rule?
It’s a tricky situation and we would recommend that the best course of action is to discuss your concerns with your employer before making any decisions.
They may be able to put your mind at rest, or alter your travel times, for instance, if crowded public transport is a concern.
The Graham Agency, keeping you informed.