Coronavirus (Covid-19): Self-isolation – Legal requirements

New regulations make self-isolation a legal requirement and introduce penalties for individuals and employers. These regulations (the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations): require people who have been notified that they have tested positive for COVID-19 (and their close contacts) to self-isolate for designated periods and to provide information to contact tracers about where…
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Coronavirus (Covid-19):  Return of furlough!

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What do we already know? At the time of our October Newsletter Coronavirus (COVID-19): End of Furlough and beyond the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was due to end on 31 October 2020 and the Government was set to introduce its new financial support package for employers, the Job Support Scheme (JSS), to run from…
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Coronavirus (Covid-19): Returning from abroad – Self isolation guidance

What do we already know? We updated you in our September Newsletter Coronavirus (Covid-19): Returning from abroad – self-isolation guidance  that the Government published new guidance (available here) for employers and employees on the rules relating to self-isolation after returning to the UK from countries without a travel corridor (or ‘air-bridge’). What’s new? ACAS has also…
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Coronavirus (Covid-19): Government Guidance – In-House Testing

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The Government has published guidance (available here) to help employers understand the regulations and legal obligations that apply if they wish to introduce their own testing programmes outside the NHS Test and Trace. Such testing programmes may, for example, give confidence to employees and customers in the workplace and to help protect business continuity.  However, there is…
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Coronavirus (Covid-19): Pre-operation self-isolation & SSP

The statutory sick pay (SSP) rules have been amended to cover those self-isolating in advance of an operation. As of 26 August 2020, workers who have been notified by a registered medical practitioner that they are to undergo a surgical or other hospital procedure, and have been advised to self-isolate in advance, are eligible for…
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Coronavirus (Covid-19): End of Furlough and beyond

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What do we already know? We updated you in our July and August Newsletter Coronavirus (COVID-19): All things furlough – (again!) that the Government started to phase out the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) from 1 August 2020. The CJRS ends on 31 October 2020 and, as a reminder, here’s the timetable of increasing employer…
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Coronavirus (Covid-19): Beyond furlough – Job retention bonus scheme

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What do we already know? We updated you in our July and August Newsletter Coronavirus (COVID-19): Beyond furlough – A plan for jobs that the Government has introduced several measures designed to assist the economy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the Job Retention Bonus scheme. What’s new? We update you on further…
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Coronavirus (Covid-19): Returning from abroad – self isolation guidance

The Government has published new guidance (available here) for employers and employees on the rules relating to self-isolation after returning to the UK. The guidance covers those who are returning from a country without an ‘air-bridge’ (i.e. a quarantine exemption).  For the list of those countries with air-bridges see here. The list is continuously updated with…
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – All things furlough (again!)

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What do we already know? As explained in our April Newsletter All Things Furlough – FAQS and what we know so far, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (‘CJRS’) has been a temporary scheme funded by the Government to create an alternative to implementing redundancies, lay-offs, unpaid leave or other measures employers might otherwise need to…
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Coronavirus (COVID-19):  Safe workplace & well-being guidance

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1. Safe Workplace: A toolkit (available here) has been published to help employers create a safe workplace for employees to return to when offices re-open.  The toolkit has been compiled by the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM), with input from several national organisations including ACAS, CIPD and MIND. The toolkit complies with the directions and…
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