- Staff face a £60 fixed penalty notice and employers will be given a £1,000 fine
- Critics say it sets a ‘worrying precedent’ for criminalising staff following orders
- Unions fear it could see poor and vulnerable employees being exploited
Wales is threatening £60 fines for employees making ‘unnecessary’ trip to work under new anti-Omicron laws – but going to the pub is still allowed.
From Monday, employees will be handed the fixed penalty notice and companies will face a £1,000 fine for each time the rule is broken, rising to a potential £10,000.
The new health protection restrictions will make it an offence for ‘failing to work from home where reasonably practicable to do so’.
However, critics have pointed out that under the rules, Welsh people can still legally visit pubs, shops and restaurants and not face the same punishment.