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Employment Rights - Quarantine and self-isolation on entering or returning to the UK

20 Jun 2020 at 21:04hrs | Views
The government announced that from Monday 8 June there are new rules in place for entering the UK because of COVID-19

NHS Employers has issued interim guidance

The situation now is that employees booking travel overseas from this point forward will be going abroad fully aware of the quarantine requirements on re-entering the UK. Accordingly, overseas travel should not be booked before an employee has agreed the duration of the leave required with their employer to ensure that they can comply with the quarantine measures on their return to the UK.

Key Aspects for consideration

Options to consider for how the quarantine period could be treated may include:
- The use of appropriate paid or unpaid leave to cover the quarantine period eg - take additional paid annual leave (from their usual leave allowance)
- take unpaid annual leave
- take special leave (paid/unpaid)
- whether the employee is able to work from home
- making up some or all of the 14 days' leave over a period of time through working additional hours/shifts over their normal contracted hours.
- where unable to work from home whether temporary reassignment of appropriate work would be possible so that they could work from home.

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this issue so for those employees who cannot work from home during quarantine, employers should consider using a combination of some or all of the different types of leave options shown above and give sympathetic consideration to certain circumstances which could include:

- an employee who has extenuating circumstances such as a family funeral abroad
- pre-booked holidays that cannot be cancelled without incurring financial cost (ie insurers will not reimburse cost) that were arranged before quarantine could have been envisaged
- pre-booked holidays that the tour operator has not cancelled but has instead rescheduled on fixed dates which, if cancelled by the customer, would be at financial cost to them.

Please note, anyone who has had to travel for the purpose of their job, and has to quarantine on their return, would be entitled to continue to receive normal full pay.

Full guidance may be accessed via:- on-entering-or-returning-to-the-uk

If you have further queries or any employment related query you can contact us on :-
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Disclaimer: This article is written in a personal capacity. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice, judgement or to provide legal or other advice with respect to particular circumstances.

Source - Muchie Shamuyarira
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