Employees with health affected by Coronavirus can be furloughed
- AuthorKirsty Hunt
Updated guidance has now been issued by the HMRC which confirms that employees whose health has been affected by coronavirus or any other conditions, including if they are unable to work from home or work reduced hours can be furloughed. This is not obligatory for employers but this does allow them to support employees if they are clinically extremely vulnerable, or at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus, or if they have caring responsibilities resulting from coronavirus (such as caring for children who are at home as a result of school and childcare facilities closing, or caring for a vulnerable individual in their household). This now provides clarity for parents who need to stay at home and look after school-age children that they can in fact be furloughed.
It is up to employers to decide whether to furlough these employees. An employer does not need to be facing a wider reduction in demand or be closed to be eligible to claim for these employees.
In addition to this, it is useful to remind employers that any employees who are having to self-isolate or take sick leave as a result of coronavirus, may be able eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). However, The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is not intended for short- term absences due to general sickness and requirements in respect of this remain unchanged.
For further information, please contact Kirsty Hunt in the employment team on 0117 9350 939 or email email@example.com. Watkins Solicitors has offices in Southville and Fishponds, Bristol, and Bath City Centre.
This article is for general information only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. Please note that the law may have changed since this article was published.