You are no doubt following the news of the coronavirus closely and I am working with many of my clients on their business continuity plans for the coming weeks as things with the Covid-19 virus progress.

Here is the latest guidance from the government:

1. If an employee is showing symptoms of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature they are required to self-isolate for 7 days with no physical contact with anyone

2. Employees self-isolating should receive statutory sick pay from day 1 instead of day 4

3. Employees are not required to provide a doctor’s note to cover this absence

4. If any of your staff return from an affected area, they should self-isolate and contact NHS 111 online service for guidance

5. If an employee or anyone in their household is showing the same symptoms above are now been advised to stay at home for 14 days with no physical contact with anyone

6. Employees are discouraged from doing any non-essential travel, if your teams are spread out consider doing skype calls/meetings.

7. For businesses with fewer than 250 employees, the cost of providing 14 days of statutory sick pay per employee will be refunded by the government in full.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-covid-19

The link above has some really useful information, points 8, 10, 11 & 12 are particularly helpful. For latest updates please click the link above as this will be updated regularly.

https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus – this is the latest guidance from ACAS.

If you need any further guidance or support please give me a call on 01403 627630 or drop me an email.