Shielding employees: new government guidance
The Government has today issued new guidance to all shielding employees who have been classed as Extremely Clinically Vulnerable.
Updated guidance for shielding employees
Previously, in the government guidance for shielding employees issued in January 2021, all employees within the Extremely Clinically Vulnerable category were advised to shield. However, the new guidance now states that they are no longer required to shield with effect from 1st April. The guidance now is that the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable should work from home where possible, and if it is not possible to work from home, they should go to work.
Statutory Sick Pay & Employment Support Allowance
From 1st April those in the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable category will no longer be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay or Employment Support Allowance on the basis that they had been advised to shield.
Employees in the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable category will receive a letter confirming the change in guidance. Employers who have employees within this category are advised to speak with their affected employees and discuss the arrangements for a return to work. Employers are required to take steps to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace and will therefore need to explain to returning employees the measures that they have put in place to keep employees safe.