What can we do if a member of staff feels unable to come to work yet we cannot furlough them?

24th June 2020

What can we do if a member of staff feels unable to come to work yet we cannot furlough them?

Hi Tracy, we have a member of staff who is shielding, which is due to end on 30 June. We have been told we cannot furlough our staff, so what can we do if a member of staff feels unable to come to work? Thanks

You will not be alone in this scenario. The Government are due to send out further letters to each shielding group by 30 June providing further advice. If this suggests the employee should return to work and they remain unable to return there are options. These are:

  1. enable the employee to work from home
  2. the employee works within their team bubble whilst at work meeting the same few people and in an individual room where possible thus reducing the risk
  3. the employee requests and you agree on annual leave
  4. the employee requests and you agree on unpaid leave

It is important to note that for any staff member returning to and working in a workplace, there must be a risk assessment undertaken and appropriate PPE provided.


*All information is correct at the time of publishing.


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Tracy has worked in general practice management for over 13 years with a passion for turning around vulnerable or struggling practices and making a difference to patients. Tracy has been a Care Quality Commission (CQC) Practice Manager Specialist Adviser since 2014 along with being a peer appraiser, national trainer, dementia friend champion and a trustee board member with her local Healthwatch.

Tracy also worked nationally for 18 months as the General Practice Development and Primary Care Network (PCN) Lead supporting practices, PCNs and federations.

Tracy is a chartered fellow with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and a fellow with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) holding postgraduate qualifications in strategic leadership.







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