Furlough – Return to work

16th April 2020
Private & Confidential

To all employees

Dear Colleague,

Furlough – Return to Work

Firstly, I hope you are all well and keeping safe.

I refer to my letter of 1st April 2020 and thank you for the quick responses. This letter provided you with details of the Furlough Scheme, how it impacts you and the options that were available to you.

It also provided an indication of an expected return to work of Monday, 27th April 2020.

In this regard, early Government announcements, were a little unclear about which businesses could continue to operate, however, we now have received a letter from the Secretary of State a copy of which can be viewed on https://www.alamo-europe.com/covid19 that confirms “Manufacturing is a critical part of our economy and I would like to be clear that there is no restriction on manufacturing continuing under the current rules. We are also informed that if you are not classed as a critical worker, you may still travel to work provided you cannot work from home.

We are, therefore, working hard in preparation for a return to work on Monday, 27th April 2020. Actions being taken are in line with Government advice and include:

  • Regular deep cleaning of all areas of the business.
  • Adjusting shift patterns where necessary to limit the number of people in specific areas
  • Providing additional PPE and sanitizing handwash stations around the shopfloor/office areas.
  • New signage to remind employees of the 2m distance, washing hands and catch sneezes and coughs in tissues.
  • Regular reminders from management of actions being taken and the need to follow the rules.
  • Limit the numbers using the washrooms and canteen at any one time.
  • Reminding all employees that the rules are set by the Government and are there to keep everyone safe so to be successful it needs a team effort.
  • All office staff are to maintain a clear desk policy to allow for sanitising of workspaces.

Through the period of Furlough, we have continued to operate with a skeletal crew to enable the business to support our customers in a limited way.  We now need employees to return to work as expected so that customers have the confidence that any orders they place with us will be fulfilled within the timescales expected. In short, returning to business as normal.

You are, therefore, requested to return to work at your normal starting time on Monday, 27th April 2020 at which point you will be informed of any temporary changes or variations to your shift pattern which are considered necessary for safeguarding reasons.

This is the case for all employees unless you have been specifically requested by your Manager to continue to work from home for the time being whilst we phase people back to work. This also maintains our compliance with Government guidelines.

If you are concerned about the possibility of a return due to health reasons or other concerns, then you need to contact the undersigned by Wednesday, 22nd April 2020 to discuss what options may be available to you. My mobile number is 07964 904473 and email is hr@alameur.com.

I look forward to welcoming you all back and, on behalf of the business, thank you for your continued support and co-operation.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Mason
Director of HR

Contact Number 07964 904473