New Coronavirus Regulations
The Government brought in the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020 at midnight on the 27th September 2020.
The important element for employers is regulation 7, which now makes it an offence for employers to knowingly permit an employee (including an agency worker or self-employed contractor) to attend any place other than where the individual is self-isolating. This includes individuals who are required to self-isolate because they live with someone who has tested positive. So if an employer knows an employee has tested positive (or lives with someone who has tested positive), it is now responsible for stopping the employee from working (unless they can work from home). Any employer who fails to do so will face a fine, starting at £1,000.
There is also an obligation on the employee to tell their employer (regulation 8) of the start and end dates of the isolation period as soon as reasonably practicable and in any event, before they are next due to start work. Anyone who breaches self-isolation, will normally, commit a separate criminal offence (regulation 11).
We would recommend that you tell you communicate this requirement to your employees as soon as possible. For those with YourHR.space you can send an announcement to all staff using the announcement function (if you are not sure how to do this, please speak to your Account Manager).
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