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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-05331
Asked by: Collette Stevenson, East Kilbride, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 22 December 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the working from home guidance in place in Scotland, in light of its potential impact on UK Government civil servants working in Scotland.

Current status: Answered by Kate Forbes on 11 January 2022


Answer

The Scottish Government has not had any general discussions with the UK Government regarding the potential impact that our regulations and guidance for businesses and workplaces on reducing the risk of COVID-19, might have on their employees in Scotland. However there have been discussions with individual departments about restrictions throughout the pandemic.

All businesses in the UK have a duty to manage workplace risks under existing health and safety legislation, and those with offices or business locations (with staff) in Scotland must also ensure that they adhere to the specific requirements set out in the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 .

Furthermore, information on the UK Government website signposts to Scottish guidance and UK wide employers are reminded to keep in mind their employees needs to abide by regulations and guidance published by the employee’s local administration.