From 1 April 2021, those classed as extremely clinically vulnerable (ECV) will no longer be advised to shield according to new government guidance. Here’s what you need to know:
Statutory Sick Pay – from 1 April those individuals who were classed as ECV will no longer be eligible for SSP (or Employment and Support Allowance) if they are not working.
Return to work – the government are still advising everyone to work from home where possible. If those classed as ECV cannot work from home, they should return to the workplace.
Communicate – if those classed as ECV are unable to work from home, they may still have concerns about returning to work. Communicate early and reassure them of the safety measures you have in place to keep them, colleagues, customers, and clients safe.
Flexibility – travel to and from the workplace may also be a concern if employees need to use public transport. Consider possible flexibility around start/finish times to support ECV employees to avoid peak rush hour times and any other adjustments you might reasonably make.
Get in touch if you’d like our advice or support in managing a safe return to work.