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Guidance for employers and workers on work absences due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton

The Government have published guidance for employers and workers on work absences due to coronavirus (COVID-19). It sets out the relevant legal framework around absence and the return to work. People who may not be attending the workplace during the coronavirus pandemic include, among others: anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, anyone who’s received a positive test for coronavirus and needs to self-isolate; household contacts (including an extended or linked household, or support bubble) of people who have symptoms of coronavirus and are required to self-isolate and anyone identified as clinically extremely vulnerable or at the highest risk of severe illness from coronavirus and has previously received a notification advising them to shield. If it is not possible to arrange alternative work that can be completed from home, employers should try to accommodate periods of self-isolation by granting annual leave, or unpaid leave if that is not possible.

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