As you are aware, Tier 4 restrictions are now in place across most of the country – and certainly applies to the majority of our clients. Here we have put together some guidance for our clients, with particular attention on advice for those who have employees who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

What is the advice for employees who are in Tier 4?

The current guidance is that if you can work from home then you should. If you cannot work from home, then you should only attend work if the premises are COVID safe.

This advice does not extend to those who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable and living or working in a Tier 4 area (see below).

What if I have a clinically extremely vulnerable employee?

Anyone who is considered clinically extremely vulnerable and living or working in Tier 4, are strongly advised to stay at home – even if they cannot work from home.

Those affected who are living or working in Tier 4 are being told to shield again.

My employee wants to come to work despite the guidance. What should I do?

If you are in Tier 4 and are aware that you have an employee who is considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable, you should not allow them to come to work.

Do I need to pay my employees who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable and cannot come to work?

The current guidance suggests that if you are an employer in Tier 4 and have employees who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable, you may furlough the affected employees and claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which has been extended until 30th April 2021.

How will we know if someone is considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable?

The current guidance suggests that individuals who are considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable are those who have received a shielding letter in the past from their GP.

Is there anything else that I need to consider?

If you have an employee who is considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable, who lives in Tier 1,2 or 3, you should not allow them to travel to Tier 4 for work.

Employees who live in Tier 4 and are considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable, should not travel to Tier 1,2 or 3 for work.

Any employee who is considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable should stay home and shield wherever possible and especially if they live or work in a Tier 4 area.

The government guidance at the moment is very limited, we will keep our clients and contacts updated when more information becomes available.

As always, if you need our help with this or any other HR advice then do call us on 01536 215240.

About the Author: Carla Cifaldi

Carla Cifaldi
Carla is one of Gateway's experienced HR Consultants. She holds a Level 3 CIPD certificate and is currently studying for her Level 7 Diploma in HR which demonstrates her commitment to increasing her expertise and providing the best service to our clients. Outside of work, Carla’s passions are her dogs, handbags and her hot tub – probably not the most compatible mix!