AN INSURANCE firm is sending "non-essential" workers home after some complained they should not work in the office during the coronavirus pandemic.

Under a quarter of Legal and General's 2,350 Hove employees were still working in its City Park building yesterday.

One worker claimed the firm was putting employees' health at risk.

Now chief executive Nigel Wilson has sent all employees home who are not providing “essential services” and cannot work from home.


"Our customers and clients need us during this period of uncertainty,” he said.

"The Government’s definition of key workers includes those providing essential financial services to customers.

"Several million people in the UK rely on us to pay their pensions or annuities, or to cover them in the event of bereavement or loss of earnings due to ill-health."

Non-essential workers sent home yesterday will still be paid.

Meanwhile "additional steps" will be taken to ensure the safety of those still working in the Hove office.

"Delivering on our financial commitments and reassuring our customers has never been more important," Mr Wilson said.

"I believe that our business and our systems are resilient enough to be able to do this, whilst protecting your welfare, and maximising agile working."

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