All individuals with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are eligible for a test provided by the NHS, to show if they currently have the virus, although certain groups have priority for testing. Some employers may consider providing testing for their own employees, including where they do not currently have symptoms, to prevent transmission in the workplace.
How should an employer deal with annual leave requests where the employee would be required to quarantine after travelling abroad?
Under coronavirus (COVID-19) control measures in place from 8 June 2020, people arriving in the UK from abroad will be required to self-isolate for 14 days (with some limited exceptions). If an employee requests annual leave to travel abroad in circumstances that would require them to self-isolate on their return, the employer should consider whether or not this period of quarantine can be accommodated.
Small and medium-sized employers (SMEs), which have fewer than 250 employees, will be able to recover Coronavirus-related employee statutory sick pay (SSP) when the government launches a new online service on 26 May 2020.
How may this time affect your physical and mental wellbeing?
During times of change and stress it is essential to look after mind and body:
Coronavirus has had an enormous impact on all aspects of life. One of these is the effect that travel restrictions have had on holiday plans. Naturally, if we are not allowed to go anywhere, plans to travel abroad or even go away in the UK have been cancelled or at best postponed.