Self-isolation and sick pay

Should any of your staff be diagnosed with Coronavirus, your usual sick leave and pay entitlements will apply but bear in mind that your employees may not be able to provide a sick note following this diagnosis.

At the time of writing employees who are self-isolating should be paid at least statutory sick pay from day 1 of isolation. Alternatively, the time could be taken as holiday leave if the employee wishes.

Reducing risk to staff

There are a number of steps you can take to minimise the risk to your staff. The key area is hygiene, especially given that staff will be in contact not only with other people, but with used items such as crockery or glassware and it is vital that the usual measures of hygiene and cleanliness are maintained.

Make it clear to your staff that they should wash their hands with warm soapy water as often as possible and clean and disinfect any surfaces that have been used. For members of staff who are customer facing, provide them with hand sanitiser so that they can clean their hands quickly and efficiently.

If you would like further clarification on any aspects of Employment Law or dealing with risks as an employer, please contact Catherine Wilson on or call Catherine on 0114 252 1414.

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