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Employment rights during self-isolation on return to the UK

18-08-2020


The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has issued new guidance for employees and employers on employment rights when self-isolating on return to the UK from a country subject to quarantine restrictions.

Currently, people returning to the UK must self-isolate for 14 days unless they are travelling from a country with a quarantine exemption. You can find the DBEIS’s guidance here.

Working from home

Where possible, employers should allow employees to work from home during the 14 day self-isolation period. We have previously issued advice for employers on how to manage homeworking here.

Taking annual leave

Employees may be able to take annual leave to cover the period of their self-isolation, subject to certain entitlement requirements. Employers may be able to tell their employees to take annual leave provided adequate notice is given.

Employees may also be entitled to take annual leave if they are forced to travel to deal with family or dependent emergencies. You can find out more here.


Julie Taylor

Partner
Employment Law

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