Covid-19 & ME/CFS – Employment Key Points


This free leaflet discusses the measures in place to help people who are employed, who might still be furloughed and/or working from home. It has been updated with useful links to the very latest information.


Updated: November 2020

Dr Charles Shepherd (Hon. Medical Adviser to the ME Association), discusses the measures in place to help people who are employed, who might still be furloughed, and those who are considering a return to work as the national lockdown restrictions are eased.

“We are receiving an increasing number of queries from people who have M.E., or are carers of people with M.E., who are able to work, but are confused by what is happening in the current crisis.

“I have therefore prepared a summary of basic factual information that needs to be taken
into consideration with respect to employment that should help if you encounter any difficulties.

“Please note that we cannot offer legal advice on complex individual employment problems and disputes with employers. In this case you need to speak to your union or professional body representative – who should be able to provide expert legal advice if necessary. Or to an employment law solicitor…”

Telephone Helpline

The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

Please note this leaflet is a download. You can read it on-screen and save to your computer, phone or other device and can attach it to any email you might need to send. But you will need access to a printer if you wish it printed.


0344 576 5326

Available every day of the week between these times: 10am - 12noon, 2pm - 4pm and 7pm - 9pm.

Calls cost the same as other standard landline numbers (starting 01 or 02). If you have a call package for your landline or mobile phone then calls will normally come out of your inclusive minutes.