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Employment: Coronavirus

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL523, tabled on 24 May 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with employers regarding the safety of immunocompromised clinically extremely vulnerable groups in relation to their return to work.

Answered on

6 July 2021

The Government has collaborated with businesses, business representative organisations and trade unions to produce guidance to employers on how they can make workplaces COVID-19 safe, including how they can maintain social distancing and a system of risk management in their workplace. The guidance, Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19), which is available in an online only format, sets out the guidance for employers to take to operate safely in fourteen different work settings.

Within each work setting, employers should make sure suitable arrangements are in place so that their vulnerable employees can work safely, provide mental health and wellbeing support to staff and they should consider whether clinically extremely vulnerable individuals can take on an alternative role or change their working patterns temporarily to avoid travelling during busy periods.