Covid-19 Guidance

2020-03-12 Jennifer Renney-Butland posted:

Covid19 guidance

As a responsible business owner, you are likely to be concerned about what steps you can be taking to protect your business and your staff in light of Covid-19.

I have therefore prepared a summary guidance below covering the questions we are being asked most frequently. I hope you find this useful, and please bear in mind that this is correct as at today’s date, and that the government may introduce changes at any time.

If a member of staff calls in sick they can self-certify for the first 7 days and after that are required to provide a medical certificate. (We will keep an eye out for any changes that the government may make to this);

An employee who calls in sick and is genuinely unwell is entitled to company sick pay if this is provided for under their contract of employment, or possibly if it is the company’s custom and practice to pay sick pay, otherwise they are entitled to statutory sick pay only (currently maximum £94.25 per week payable from day 4);

If an employee wishes to self-isolate but is not actually ill, they are not strictly speaking entitled to take time off work and if they do not come in to work this could be a disciplinary issue (unless they fall within one of the especially vulnerable categories of people). This is assuming that the government has not issued a quarantine requirement. However it may be harsh to insist on staff coming in to work if they are genuinely concerned about Covid-19 and therefore if the employer agrees to a temporary period of self-isolation this will be classified as unpaid leave;

Alternatively, you may want to offer your employee the opportunity to work from home. This would be on a temporary basis only, and we have created a template for our clients specifically designed for this purpose – please see the attached Occasional or Temporary Homeworking Policy. This will need to be tailored to your needs, and please feel free to contact us for formal advice if you feel you require this.

If you have any queries regarding Covid-19 and your business you can email us at with any questions.

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