Millions of employees may be told to get back to their workplaces soon, as fears mount over the future of businesses that rely on commuters and office workers.
Both Mr Johnson and Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey have raised concerns that the economy is recovering more slowly than had been hoped because people are still holding back from commuting.
Mr Johnson said he will allow employers to decide whether to ask staff to return to the office or allow them to continue working from home. They should consult closely with employees and only ask people to return to work if it is safe, he added.
Russell-Cooke associate Jeremy Coy outlines in The Telegraph employees' rights as employers begin to gradually expect a return to the office.
Should I return to work? Your rights if your employer asks you to go back to work is available to read on the Telegraph website via subscription.
Jeremy is an associate solicitor in the employment team. He has experience acting for large institutional employers as well as small and medium size businesses.
Jeremy also advises employees and senior executives, often at short notice on sensitive work-place issues such as restrictive covenants, discrimination and pay related disputes on bonuses, commission and incentive plans. He has particular experience in advising on settlement agreements and negotiating favourable severance payments for employees.