The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 have been extended to cover people who are told to isolate for 14 days under the Track & Trace process. The Government have launched the Test & Trace system today.  There seems to be a fair degree of controversy on social media about privacy as well as the actual usefulness. As an employer you need to be aware of the update to the regulations.

So a person who has been notified that they have had contact with a person with coronavirus, and who is therefore required to self-isolate for 14 days will be entitled to statutory sick pay (SSP) if they cannot work from home and isolate.  You will be able to reclaim the SSP for those 14 days. Perhaps more importantly is to start considering the implications in terms of business disruption if an employee or group of employees who are back (or always were) in the work premises are required to isolate for 14 days and it is not possible for them to work from home.  Particularly concerning will be if one employee with symptoms has come into extended contact with other employees – your infection control and distancing rules at work have never been more important!

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