Coronavirus Employment Law Update

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The following is general guidance which, to the best of our knowledge, is correct as at the time of publication. This constantly evolving area of law is being amended regularly. We will endeavor to update this guidance accordingly.

ACAS’ Good Practice guidance is to:

  • Keep employees updated on steps being taken in the workplace to reduce risk of exposure
  • Check emergency contact details are up to date for all staff
  • Train management to spot the signs of coronavirus and ensure all staff are aware of internal procedures
  • Make sure facilities are in place to allow regular hand-washing with soap and water, and encourage staff to do so
  • Provide hand sanitiser and tissues for staff while encouraging their use
  • Reconsider travel to affected areas

When To Self-Isolate

Employees should self-isolate if they:

  • Develop the virus
  • Have symptoms associated with the virus (a high temperature or a new persistent cough)
  • Share a household with someone who has the symptoms
  • Have been told to self-isolate by a doctor or the NHS 111 service

Everyone in a household where an individual has coronavirus-like symptoms must self-isolate for 14 days.

Employees should inform their employer as soon as possible of their absence explaining the reason and how long they are likely to be absent from work.

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