NHS Test and Trace in the workplace

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What to do if you or someone you employ is required to self-isolate. 

If one of your workers is told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace they have a legal duty to inform you as soon as possible before they are next due to work. Failure to do so could result in a £50 fine.

Workers do not need to inform you if they are a contact of a positive case but exempt from self-isolation and also do not need to inform employers if they have received a contact notification and advice from the NHS COVID-19 app.

If you know that a worker is required to self-isolate, you must not allow them to come into work or work anywhere other than where they are self-isolating (usually, their home) for their full self-isolation period, unless they are participating in an approved daily contact testing scheme. Failure to do so could result in your firm facing a fine, starting from £1,000.

If a worker has received a notification from the NHS COVID-19 app that they have been a contact of a confirmed case, they will still be told to self-isolate unless they are under 18 years and 6 months or fully vaccinated, as they may be infectious and could spread the virus. There is no legal obligation for them to inform their employers of an app alert but if they do employers should be strongly encouraged to support employees to self-isolate.

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