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People Management: Chetal Patel on frontline workers during COVID-19


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With the Home Office recently extending its list of frontline workers who will have their visa automatically extended as part of its response to the coronavirus outbreak, Chetal Patel, partner in our Immigration department, has spoken to People Management with her views on this move.

This latest update will allow NHS workers on a visa to work at any NHS site during the outbreak, and, where applicable, removes any upper limits to the number of hours these key workers can work. In response to this extended list and changes, Chetal has commented that while change is welcome, the expanded list of professions “does not go far enough”. “What about other individuals who are undertaking key roles in the NHS like hospital porters, healthcare assistants or cleaners? Why can’t they benefit when they are on the frontline as well?”.

To read the full article and more of Chetal’s thoughts on this, please click here.


This information is necessarily of a general nature and doesn’t constitute legal advice. This is not a substitute for formal legal advice, given in the context of full information under an engagement with Bates Wells.

All content on this page is correct as of May 4, 2020.

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