COVID-19: Self Isolation and the Workplace

18 September 2020 | David Widdowson

The government has issued new regulations (Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020) containing obligations for workers who are required to self-isolate.

These impose

  • a duty on an employer not to permit employees who
    • have tested positive for COVID-19 or
    • live with a person that has tested positive

to attend any workplace other than the place they are self-isolating.

  • a duty on employees to inform their employer that they are self-isolating.

The penalty for breach is a fine of not less than £1,000.


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