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HMRC has updated its guidance to state that employers can (not must) furlough employees whose health has been affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) or any other conditions, including if they are unable to work from home, or working reduced hours, because they:

- are clinically extremely vulnerable, or at the highest risk of severe illness from coronavirus and following public health guidance

- have caring responsibilities resulting from coronavirus (COVID-19), such as caring for children who are at home as a result of school and childcare facilities closing, or caring for a vulnerable individual in their household

This resolves an area of uncertainty, which is whether parents who stay at home to look after school-age children are eligible for furlough. They are.