Staff should be spared return to the office tomorrow

Staff should be spared return to the office tomorrow

The TUC urged employers to ensure staff returning to work do not overheat.

“Employers can help workers in hot weather by allowing flexible working, relaxing workplace dress codes and allowing staff to take frequent breaks,” it said.

While there is no maximum temperature limit for workers, government guidance urges employers to ensure that it remains at a comfortable level and that clean and fresh air is provided.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development said research showed around 70 per cent of workers were tempted to call in sick in hot weather.

BrightHR, which monitors 250,000 employees at 10,000 workplaces, said: “The dates lockdown restrictions ease are among the most-requested days off this year, outside major holidays” and the Federation of Small Businesses warned: “Employees’ days off in hot weather do happen and can be a big problem.”

The Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics has said that productivity drops around eight per cent when temperatures go above 30C, warning: “Heatwaves hit some industries hard.”

Beaches across the south coast were packed on Sunday as families made the most of the weather, with car parks at capacity as early as 9am.

But many emergency services were overrun, prompting police forces to urge people not to call 999 unless it was an emergency.

Among them was Surrey Police, which said that locals with non-urgent requests would get a quicker response if they sent a direct message via Twitter.

A woman was airlifted from the beach at Durdle Door in Dorset after fainting following a suspected jellyfish sting.

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