Shielding for the clinically extremely vulnerable to end this month
The latest Government guidance has declared that extremely clinically vulnerable people no longer need to shield from 1 April 2021.
The guidance clarifies that from 1 April 2021 those who are extremely vulnerable:
should continue to work from home where possible
should go to work where they cannot work from home
are no longer eligible for statutory sick pay
are still eligible for furlough until 30 September when the furlough scheme ends.
The guidance clarifies that employers will need to continue to manage the COVID risk in the workplace whilst the Health and Safety Executive and/or local authorities will be responsible for dealing with complaints by staff where they believe that their employer is failing to provide adequate protection.
Legally, extremely vulnerable employees also have the right to refuse to attend work – and are protected from dismissal – if they reasonably believe that their workplace is unsafe.
Employers can find more information on how to protect vulnerable workers here and understand what to include in their COVID-19 risk assessment here. Consultation with staff will remain key to managing a successful return to work for those who remain working at home.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at Harmony HR Solutions
By Caroline Banwell|2022-05-24T09:22:11+01:00March 19th, 2021|Covid-19|Comments Off on Shielding for the clinically extremely vulnerable to end this month
Caroline Banwell (LL.B. Hons.) trained and worked initially as a solicitor for a major London law firm. She has advised a wide variety of clients from SMEs to multinationals and from small primary schools to Cambridge Colleges. As well as considerable knowledge of the business and education sectors, she has also worked extensively for the charity sector and was recommended in the Charities and Not for Profit section of the 2017 Legal 500 for her work heading the Cambridge office employment team at leading charity and education firm, Stone King.
Caroline collaborates with other Cambridge HR consultants on project work from time to time.
Caroline gives advice through Harmony HR Solutions Limited as an HR consultant and not as a solicitor and Harmony HR Solutions Limited is not regulated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority. Caroline works as a solicitor for Kesteven Partners Limited which is a law firm regulated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority.