Failure to allow staff to self-isolate can make you liable for fines of up to £10,000. You are all aware of the new LAW that enables fines of up to £10,000 to be given to individuals who fail or ignore the need to self-isolate! This comes into effect today.
What you may not be aware of is that this law also extends to employers !!
Part of the new law clearly states that Employers will be fined also, it states;
“Employers who force or allow staff to come to work when they should be self-isolating will also be liable for fines of up to £10,000”
This is sending a clear message that employers failing to allow staff to self-isolate will not be tolerated thus creating a legal duty on the employer to support a staff member who has to self isolate and not pressure or create an environment where the staff member feels they have to work.
Obviously, a clear policy communicated to staff so there is no doubt that the employer will support self-isolation is best practice whilst also confirming the need for staff to inform their employer if they have been contacted by NHS track and trace or they are returning from a destination that requires self-isolation and or they have received a positive test. It’s critical that you have these policies and processes in place in order to mitigate the potential of a 10K fine.
Park City will draft and assist in the communication and implementation of these policies should this be required.
Legal duty to self-isolate comes into force today, to ensure compliance and reduce spread of COVID-19
12:15am, 28 September 2020
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