What are Covid-19 symptoms?

  • A new contagious cough
  • A high temperature
  • A loss of, or change in, your normal taste or smell (anosmia)

 

What should I do if I have Covid-19 symptoms?

If you have Covid-19 symptoms you must inform your Line Manager and not attend work. You are advised to book a Covid-19 test. You must self-isolate for 10 days from the date you start having the symptoms.

You may be required to provide your test results to your Line Manager.

 

What should I do is a member of my family and / or social bubble has Covid-19 symptoms?

You must inform your Line Manager and must not attend work. You need to self-isolate for 14 days or until the test result comes back negative whichever is the sooner.

 

Do I have to get a Covid-19 test?

You are required to get a Covid-19 test through the government website if you have any of the symptoms as stated above. Do not order a test unless you have symptoms as it may not give you the correct result.

 

What should I do if I am contacted by NHS Test & Trace?

If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace (either by phone, text, email, or the Test & Trace App if you have it) you need to self-isolate for 14 days as instructed You need to inform your Line Manager immediately and not attend work.

Your employer will need a screenshot of this message sent to them from you and a screenshot of the message confirming the end date for your isolation.

 

Can we still work from the office in Lockdown?

If it not possible to perform your role effectively from home, then providing the workplace is COVID secure, the risk assessment is robust and government guidelines are adhered to then you may be able to work from the office during lockdown.

Your employer will speak to you regarding your ability to work effectively from home.

 

If my colleague is self-isolating, do other members of staff have to self-isolate or can they continue working in the office as normal?

If your colleague is self-isolating you do not need to self-isolate unless you have been in instructed to do so by NHS Test and Trace or if you have been in close contact with them or if you have symptoms of Coronavirus.

This should be assessed on each individual case.

The definition of close contact is here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person

 

If a team member feels unwell do they need to self-isolate?

If a team member has Covid-19 symptoms they need to book a test and to self-isolate for 10 days, or until they receive a negative test result otherwise this should be treated as normal sickness absence.

 

If a team member tests positive for Covid-19, do other team members have to self-isolate or can they continue working from the office?

You would not automatically have to self-isolate. Only if you were in close contact with the individual you would have to self-isolate and work from home where possible, but you would be notified by NHS Test and Trace (either by phone, text, email or the Test & Trace App if you have it) if this were the case. Or your employer may instruct you to self-isolate if you had been in close contact with that team member.  If you are not notified you do not need to self-isolate unless you develop symptoms.

 

If a member of my household is waiting for a Covid-19 test result what should I do?

If a member of your household or support bubble is waiting for Covid-19 test results you will need self-isolate until the results come through. If they are positive you will need to isolate for 14 days from the date that their symptoms started.

 

If a member of my household or support bubble has been told to isolate do I have to?

No, not unless you are told to by NHS Test & Trace. But, if the person in your household develops symptoms you need to isolate while they get tested. If they get a negative result you can stop isolating so long as you are well, if it is positive you must isolate for 14 days from when their symptoms started.

 

If I have to self-isolate will I get paid?

If you cannot perform your role from home and meet the eligibility criteria you will get paid Statutory Sick Pay  (SSP) from Day 4 of your self-isolation providing a self-isolation note is received by the Company to certify your absence from work.  (SSP was previously paid from Day 1 for Covid-19 related absence but reverted to the usual SSP rules in June 2020).

Please see link below to the self-isolation note:

https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/

 

If I am absent from work with Covid-19 symptoms will I get paid?

You may be entitled to receive Statutory Sick Pay from Day 4 if you meet the eligibility criteria. You will need to provide a fit note or self-isolation note (as per link above) to certify your absence from work.

 

If I am waiting for my Covid-19 test results but feel that I am able to return to work, will I get paid?

You are not permitted to return to work unless you have received a negative test result.

You may be entitled to receive Statutory Sick Pay from Day 4 if you meet the eligibility criteria. You will need to provide a fit note or self-isolation note (as per link above) to certify your absence from work.

 

Can we use the furlough scheme to pay notice?

For any notice period carried out prior to the 1st December 2020 you can utilise the furlough scheme to pay contractual or statutory notice.

You cannot utilise the scheme to claim for any notice periods on or after 1st December 2020.

This does not apply to pay in lieu of notice and you must pay an employee 100% of their normal pay during their notice period.

 

 

Remember:

If told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, you have a legal duty to self-isolate. Failure to comply may result in a fine, starting from £1,000.

 

 

*This information is dated 19.11.2020. Please be aware there are regular government updates on this topic and guidance is constantly changing which may render information given invalid. This guidance is provided without prejudice or liability.*

 

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