Robert Salter, Director at Blick Rothenberg believes the Government’s decision to opt for ‘plan B’ in the face of the Omicron variant is not surprising. However, what is surprising is that the Government has not arranged to provide company’s and employees negatively impacted by the change with some sort of structured support.
Whilst the Government’s plan B is certainly not akin to the restrictions which we saw in 2020, or the first part of 2021, the reality is that these limited restrictions will have a significant negative impact on many businesses and their employees.
For example, many employees on flexible hour contracts simply won’t be required to work in shops, cafes and restaurants, and these businesses will suffer significant drops in footfall because of the plan B restrictions. As a result, employees will be ‘laid off’ at least temporarily or have their hours and income significantly reduced.
Given that we remain in ‘unprecedented times’, and employees and businesses are facing further risks which are not their fault and which they cannot directly control, it is suggested that because these new restrictions could last until at least late January the Government should continue to provide support at this stage.
It is only reasonable for the Government to accept that they have an obligation to continue supporting British businesses and workers facing challenging times over the coming weeks. This would enable businesses and workers to continue trading and working over the medium term once restrictions are lifted.
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If you would like to discuss the above or how it may affect you and your business, please get in touch with Robert Salter or your usual Blick Rothenberg contact using the details on this page.