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Minister steps up pressure on UK firms over home working

Exclusive: Kwasi Kwarteng says reports of company tactics ‘deeply troubling’, as unions urge crackdown

The business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, has said companies must redouble efforts to ensure employees work from home unless their work is critical and cannot be done offsite, as the TUC urged the government to step up enforcement.

Calls are growing for the government to rethink allowing construction sites to continue as normal and to permit only those whose operations are vital, with several industry employees telling the Guardian that safe practice has become impossible on sites.

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