Following Claudioâ€™s email to all staff yesterday evening we have been asked can AXA insist that employees wear a mask in the office after 19thÂ July â€œas it is no longer a legal requirement?â€
Short answer is yes.
AtÂ no point has it actually been a legal requirementÂ in England for staff working in an office to wear a mask. Those legal requirements were restricted to retail and hospitality.Â
However AXA UK decided thatÂ when staff were away from their deskÂ they should put a mask on to protect other employees. They are perfectlyÂ within their rights to do thisÂ as they need to make sure they are protecting all workers’ health and safety and wearing a mask protects others.
We appreciate some individuals may be unhappy with this but AXA has legal obligations to protect workers and this is one way they will be doing so in the immediate future. Refusal to comply with company instructions could well result in disciplinary action so please continue to put on your mask if you are in the office and away from your desk.