Managing employee requests to be placed on furlough

An employee at a business, which is permitted to operate during the current lockdown, has advised that he is not happy to attend work due to a medical condition. Jack Balmer provides advice on how to manage the employee’s request to be placed on furlough.


Your starting point should be to clarify the employee’s specific circumstances in light of the current Government guidance. The Government has identified two relevant risk categories – “vulnerable” and “extremely clinically vulnerable”.

While great care has been taken in the preparation of the content of this article, it does not purport to be a comprehensive statement of the relevant law and full professional advice should be taken before any action is taken in reliance on any item covered.