Come along people, let’s not be stupid. Sure, you’re politicians and bureaucrats and therefore know entirely sod all about the world. But even you aren’t going to be this sputum dribblingly idiotic, are you?
Britons could be given a legal right to work from home to ensure that they are not forced to go back to workplaces after the lockdown under plans being considered in Whitehall.
Officials at the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy department have raised the issue of enshrining a right to work from home in law as part of a suite of options to ease the lockdown, The Telegraph can reveal.
One source said the idea of a legal right was suggested by officials during talks about the Government’s return to work package.
No, really, don’t do this. A legal right means that other people – undoubtedly the employer here – has to pay for this ability.
We have a certain difficulty with the shop girl hoping to work from home. That tailor is going to have difficulty with “Never mind the quality, feel the width sir!” over Zoom. Burgers have to be cooked in a particular location, coffee made on the High Street, not in the Arts Faculty.
Thus any “legal right” will have to be ameliorated with a “where practicable”, “by agreement”, “where possible” and so on.
Once that is done it’s not actually a legal right at all. Which obviates the law itself. It’s also true that behaviour is about to change anyway. That previous coordination of us all going in to work and coming back out again, we’ve broken that habit. We’ll soon enough coalesce around a different habit too.
What habit? What coordination? That will be emergent from the actions of 65 million individuals considering “where practicable”, “by agreement”, “where possible” and so on. There is no central rule that can be proffered that will do better than that either.
A legal right to work from home is ludicrous. A legal right to think about it irrelevant. So, let’s not do anything that stupid, eh?