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4th August 2020

Coronavirus – Options for Staff Having to Quarantine

Filed Under: Coronavirus / COVID-19 updates, THL News

Some people returning to the UK from overseas may need to self-isolate for 14 days, depending on the country they have travelled from.

Use the following link for up-to-date information about the self-isolation rules when returning to the UK:


Employees and workers who need to self-isolate should not leave their home to go to their workplace and should be encouraged to work from home where possible.

If the personal cannot work from home

Annual Leave
The employee may need to take extra annual leave to cover the 14 days of self-isolation.

Unpaid Leave
Where the employee has insufficient annual leave remaining, all or part of the time off required to self-isolate could be taken as unpaid leave.

Statutory Sick Pay
Employees are not entitled to Statutory Sick Pay if they are self-isolating but an employer an choose to pay them SSP if they want to.

If the employer and employee agree, and the employee has previously been furloughed, the employee could be put on furlough for the time they are self-isolating.

Granting Time Off and Cancelling Pre-Booked Holidays
If an employee wishes to change pre-booked time off, they will need to get agreement from their employer.

Employers have the right to tell their employees when to take holiday and can refuse annual leave requests if they believe the employee may need to self-isolate on their return to the UK.

We recommend that you seek professional advice from an employment lawyer should further information be required.

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