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Quarantining on return from holiday: employer options

We consider the options open to employers for dealing with employees who’ve returned from countries not on the travel corridor scheme and who must self-isolate/quarantine for 14 days on return to the UK.

Job Retention Bonus

With the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) to March 2021, the Job Retention Bonus (JRB) will not be paid in February 2021.

New legal duty to self-isolate and duties on employers

From 28 September 2020, people in England are required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and employers must not allow them to attend work.

Working safely - update

A legal duty to collect test and trace data, removal of the ‘five steps to working safely’ guidance, and new advice on running testing programmes are among the updates to government guidance for business affected by COVID-19.

SSP and coronavirus

In response to COVID-19, certain changes have been made to the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) rules.

Self-isolation period increased

Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have COVID-19 symptoms must now isolate for at least 10 days.

Redundancy and notice pay for furloughed employees

From 31 July 2020 employers must pay redundancy at the employee’s normal weekly rate (capped at £538 per week) and statutory notice at the employee’s normal rate (uncapped) rather than their furloughed rate.

Plan for Jobs proposals

The Chancellor has outlined a range of measures to help the economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shielding employees and return to work

From 1 August 2020, those shielding will be able to return to work.

A third of employers complicit in furlough fraud

A third of employers are fraudulently abusing the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

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