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Updated guidance regarding furlough leave for unwell employees and those with childcare responsibilities

We have been receiving various questions about whether it is possible to be furloughed if unwell with Covid-19 or having to be at home to look after children who cannot attend schools that are closed under the current lock down rules.  Further guidance introduced on 5 January should now clear up the uncertainty around these issues.

HMRC has now updated its guidance to state that employers can furlough employees whose health has been affected by Covid-19 or any other conditions, including if they are unable to work from home, or are working reduced hours, because they:

• are clinically extremely vulnerable, or at the highest risk of severe illness from coronavirus and following public health guidance;

• have caring responsibilities resulting from Covid-19, 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.

However, note that this does not create an obligation absolutely do so.

Read the guidance HERE and do get in touch if you have any questions about your obligations as an employer or your right to be furloughed.

Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding the issues discussed in this article.

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