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Change: Working from home has become familiar to many over the past few months. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Change: Working from home has become familiar to many over the past few months. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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Change: Working from home has become familiar to many over the past few months. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Staff may resist a return to work over health and childcare concerns, causing a standoff with bosses seeking to reopen businesses, an employment law expert has warned.

Barry Walsh, head of the employment department at Fieldfisher solicitors, said it was reasonable to anticipate tension as businesses reopen with the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

His warning came as a legal advice charity reported that it had experienced a huge surge in employment-related queries in recent weeks.