Boris Johnson rules out giving workers a legal right to work from home after lockdown ends

BORIS Johnson yesterday ruled out giving office workers a legal right to work from home after lockdown ends.

The PM wants a great return to offices, saying there are “significant benefits” working together.

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Ministers are planning to ditch the work from home orders when the postponed Freedom Day finally arrives.

But working from home at least part of the week is expected to be the new normal as firms opt for “hybrid” working — spitting staff between their homes and the office.

But ministers are planning to beef up the law to make flexible working the default for all staff — giving them more rights to go part time, job share and work from home.

The PM’s spokesman said: “We’ve always been clear there are significant benefits to be gained from people working in the office. That remains the Prime Minister’s view.

“We have asked people to work from home where they can during the pandemic but there are no plans to introduce a legal right to work from home.”

Downing Street plans to leave it to bosses and staff to thrash out where they spend their working hours.

But some Tory MPs warned letting staff stay at home risks devastating the economy.

Tory former leader Iain Duncan Smith said: “There is an economic ecosystem dying. This is a huge part of our economy.”

Business bosses said the “overwhelming number” of employers plan to massively slim down office hours for staff.

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