COVID-19 Test, Track & Trace – what do employers need to know

 

The Government has announced the roll-out this week of its new test, track & trace service as part of the effort to control the spread of the virus. The service is intended to notify those who have been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19, advising them of the need to self-isolate for 14 days. We anticipate that employers will be provided with a form of notification from NHS 111, which can be used as evidence that an employee has been told to self-isolate.

Further amendments to the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) rules have also come into force, to enable those employees who are told to self-isolate and who are eligible, to claim SSP. Employers with contractual sick pay schemes will, of course, need to administer those scheme consistent with such a member of staff being signed off sick, albeit they may not be suffering from any ill health.

The position in respect of an employee who has already been ‘furloughed’, is that they can remain on furlough: there is no need to bring this to an end and move the employee to sickness absence. No doubt further complexities will emerge over the coming months as further changes to the furlough scheme materialise and please do contact us with any specific issues.

 

If you would like further advice tailored to your particular circumstances, please contact us.