Living with coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace from 24 February 2022
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The following Employment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Living with coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace from 24 February 2022
  • Timeline for changes
  • Relevant guidance
  • Advice for people with symptoms or who test positive, or their contacts
  • Testing
  • People with the symptoms of coronavirus, flu and common respiratory infections who have not taken a COVID-19 test
  • People with a positive COVID-19 test result
  • Household members and close contacts
  • Health and safety considerations
  • General health and safety duty
  • More...

Living with coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace from 24 February 2022

This Practice Note provides an overview of the issues for an employer to consider when managing the workplace during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, reflecting the government’s plan for living with COVID-19 and the changes from 1 April 2022, including in relation to self-isolation for those who test positive or have symptoms of coronavirus and close contacts, testing, contact tracing, self-isolation support payments, statutory sick pay (SSP), obligations on workers and employers, and at-risk groups.

The Cabinet Office on 21 February 2022 published the government’s COVID-19 Response: Living with COVID-19, which set out the government plan to remove the remaining coronavirus (COVID-19) domestic legal restrictions in England from 24 February 2022.

Further changes took effect from 1 April 2022, in particular relating to the removal of free universal testing and advice on self-isolation for those with COVID-19, and the replacement of the BEIS working safely guidance with new public health guidance (see: Timeline for changes below).

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) guidance for people with COVID-19 and their contacts, first published on 24 February 2022 was withdrawn on 1 April 2022, and is superceded by guidance for people with symptoms of a respiratory infection including COVID-19.

For more information on the issues arising from the end of the legal requirement to self-isolate and changes from 1 April 2022,

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