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When addressing this question, it will be relevant to consider:
current public health guidance
the nature of the duty to make reasonable adjustments
what adjustments are required
the question of furlough as a reasonable adjustment
Under the national lockdown restrictions that apply in England from 5 November–2 December 2020, individuals who have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable have been strongly advised to shield, ie:
to work from home, and
if they cannot work from home, not to attend work while the lockdown restrictions are in place
Those who cannot work from home may, subject to eligibility, be able to claim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), Employment Support Allowance or Universal Credit (see: Cabinet Office guidance: New National Restrictions from 5 November, and DHSC: Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19).
In the absence of alternative arrangements with their employer, those who are not able to work from home accordingly face the prospect of potentially having no income, or significantly reduced income, if they follow public health advice to stay at home during the lockdown. Prior to these lockdown measures (and presumably also after they are lifted), individuals with medical conditions that made them extremely vulnerable may have been specifically advised to shield if they lived in a very
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