Thanks for sharing @hope33. I agree people who cannot safely return to work should not have to choose between their job and their health. I’d go so far as to say if you can work ok from home, even if you could (in theory) safely return to the workplace, you should have the option to continue home working.
But I’m confused by this petition. The furlough scheme doesn’t end when shielding is paused – it’s due to continue until October (although there is a gradual tapering process of employers having to contribute more). The guidance is clear that if you have an employee who cannot safely return to work, they should be placed on furlough.
Personally I’m more concerned about employers (and indeed the government) declaring a workplace is “covid compliant” and safe, when in reality it is not, or at least the individual does not feel it is.