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Supporting your employees during COVID-19

Find out your legal responsibilities as a business for the health, safety, and welfare of your employees during COVID-19.

If an employee needs to self-isolate

By law, employers must not knowingly require, or encourage, someone who is required to self-isolate to come to work

You can find more information on when and how people should self-isolate from the following guidance:

The guidance on how long someone needs to self-isolate for may change over time.

If an employee needs a COVID-19 test

If an employee has COVID-19 symptoms, they should self-isolate immediately and use the government self-referral process for COVID-19 testing.

If an employee doesn’t have COVID-19 symptoms, they can access testing in a number of ways, including accessing a test at a testing site, collecting self-test kits to take home or ordering a test kit direct to their home.

Protecting those who are at higher risk of COVID-19

There is workplace guidance on who should go to work and the support that should be in place for employees.

Financial support for those self-isolating

Employees that have been told by the NHS to self-isolate, but can't work from home, may be eligible for a £500 payment. They must live in the borough and be receiving benefits, such as Universal Credit.

Supporting your employees to maintain their mental wellbeing

Regularly tell your staff if you have an employee assistance programme or access to a counselling service.

You can direct your staff to our taking care of your mind advice.

You can signpost employees to free and confidential mental health support (Able Futures). Staff can self-refer and receive one to one support for up to nine months.

Email our Public Health team if you'd like more information on improving the health or your employees.

Page last updated: 13 April 2021

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