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Employers that are supporting clinically extremely vulnerable people to shield in lockdown

11th Nov 2020

United Kingdom

About 1 million working age people in England are “clinically extremely vulnerable” to the coronavirus.

The Government says they should stay at home as much as possible during lockdown, but their employers don’t have to keep paying them their full salary. Some people with blood cancer and other health conditions may only be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay and in most cases this won’t be anywhere near enough to pay their bills.

But many employers are doing a great job of protecting their clinically extremely vulnerable employees during coronavirus. So we thought we’d celebrate this by compiling this list of employers who are paying their clinically extremely vulnerable staff who can’t work from home during lockdown 100% of their salary.

If you’re an employer who’s doing this, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch by emailing us at [email protected] and we’ll add you to this list.

As well as recognising employers who are supporting our community, we hope it will be useful for people with blood cancer and other conditions whose employers aren’t yet doing this. After all, if their competitors are able to do it, maybe they could to?

Employers that are paying clinically extremely vulnerable staff 100% of their salary during lockdown if they can’t work from home

These are just the employers we know about - we’re sure there are lots of others who are doing this that we haven’t been told about:

  • Aldi
  • John Lewis & Partners
  • ASDA
  • Tesco
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • The Education Alliance TEAL
  • Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
  • Palace of Westminster

If you’re an employer

There are lots of ways you can support your staff with blood cancer during the coronavirus pandemic. Find out more about these, and about blood cancer, in our fact sheet for employers.


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