Workers living with shielded group

As we move forward in terms of changes to regulations and guidance. It is important for the government to recognise the diversity of how households are made up in Scotland. Government should provide clear guidance to employers that where workers are able to work from home and they live with or provide care for people in the shielded group then working from home should continue.

Why the contribution is important

As the lockdown continues and similarly as changes to regulations and guidance occur over time, people who are supported in the shielded group must not be put at risk due to employers wanting staff to return to office bases or other environments where they are able to work from home. As the changes to regulations continue it will be imperative to increase protection to the shielded households in Scotland. To protect the individuals, families and the NHS.

by Tanz on May 11, 2020 at 10:00AM

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  • Posted by sconnor May 11, 2020 at 12:55

    Workers living with 'shielded' group family should be supported to continue to work from home with resources (where appropriate).
  • Posted by rscot May 11, 2020 at 16:41

    As a manager, I have 1 member of staff in the shielded group and 4 who have household members in this group. The staff are really fearful of returning to work. Should some consideration be given to a prolonged furlough scheme for those who have a household member in the shielded group?
  • Posted by kirssybelle May 11, 2020 at 16:58

    This is so important. I am in the at risk group with having asthma myself, and my husband is shielding. We are terrified of what will happen when I have to go back to work.
  • Posted by ashleyrhona May 11, 2020 at 19:44

    Conversely whilst I understand why it is worrying to have someone from their home return to work whilst someone in the house is shielding. Can the decision to relax/ extend shielding consider the family unit? for instance 'when is it safe for the non-shielding person to leave the home & under what circumstances'
  • Posted by Sayesha May 11, 2020 at 20:41

    I agree and think it should be on people's circumstances. For example I am a nurse, pregnant and have an autoimmune disease, I'm very nervous about my partner returning to work and bringing home anything.
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