Detailed guidance for parents and employers has been published here.
To help we have summarised the key provisions for employers below.
The Government has stressed:
If employees think they fall into one of the key categories, they are advised to confirm with their employers that their role is necessary for the continuation of essential public services ( detailed below).
Only one parent needs to be considered a key worker and in the event their normal school is closed, parents are advised to contact their local authority for details of an alternative school they can attend.
The government guidance states:
“If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision”. This would suggest that an employee could argue that their role was critical, even though it is not listed.
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