Coronavirus (COVID-19)—sickness and other absence
Coronavirus (COVID-19)—sickness and other absence

The following Employment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)—sickness and other absence
  • Key government and Acas guidance
  • Acas guidance
  • Other relevant resources
  • Self-isolation and testing
  • Testing
  • Self-isolation obligations on employers and workers that carry criminal sanctions
  • Manner of notification
  • The self-isolation period
  • When the self-isolation obligation ceases to apply
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—sickness and other absence

STOP PRESS (11/5/21): The Prime Minister confirmed on 10 May 2021 that planned Step 3 easements would go ahead as planned on 17 May, following a joint statement by the UK’s four chief medical officers recommending that the UK COVID-19 alert level move from level 4 to level 3. See: LNB News 11/05/2021 44. This Practice Note will be updated shortly to reflect these changes.
UPDATE (12/5/21): The Department for Transport has confirmed that international leisure travel can re-commence from 17 May 2021 under a traffic light system as the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions ease further. See: LNB News 10/05/2021 23. This Practice Note has been updated shortly to reflect these changes.

This Practice Note reflects the position under Steps 2 and 3 of the easing of restrictions following the January 2021 national lockdown.

For further information, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—managing the workplace—Easing of restrictions from 8 March 2021.

This Practice Note considers the issues that arise for employers and employees in relation to employee sickness and other absence in the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The quick-reference table below gives an overview of:

  1. the reasons for which an employee may need to be absent from the workplace for a reason related to the coronavirus pandemic

  2. the legal and other obligations that apply to

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