What obligations does an employer have to an employee who lives with someone who is at very high risk of serious illness from coronavirus?

People who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) because of an underlying health condition have been advised to "shield" themselves by staying at home as much as possible. Government guidance on shielding for clinically extremely vulnerable people, includes a list of those included in this category. These people will have been notified by the NHS that they are at very high risk.

People who live with someone who is in the clinically extremely vulnerable group were advised to follow the guidance on social distancing carefully. However, they were not required to take the shielding measures themselves.

From 1 August 2020 (16 August 2020 in Wales), the advice on shielding was paused, but following the introduction of local COVID alert levels, some individuals may be advised to follow formal shielding advice again.

Employers should discuss the options with individual employees who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable. It may be appropriate to allow them to work from home, or to remain on furlough for longer than other employees.