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 previously been advised to "shield", 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 are advised to follow the guidance on social distancing carefully. However, they have not been required to take the shielding measures themselves.

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