With the recent easing of Coronavirus restrictions, positive cases of Covid-19 have increased dramatically, leading to what is known as the ‘ping-demic’. As a result, and with more and more people returning to their normal place of work, it is inevitable that many employers will face positive cases occurring in the workplace.
Here, we have provided some guidance on how these situations can be handled, should they arise, along with measures that can reduce the impact on the business and your employees.
Ensuring that your Company is following Covid secure guidelines can reduce the risk of co-workers having to self-isolate if someone tests positive. A few things you can do to help with this are:
A close contact is someone who has been in contact with a positive case from two (2) days before, and up to ten (10) days later. You are identified as a close contact if:
NHS Track and Trace do not deem someone as a close contact if the interaction with the positive case was through a Perspex screen. This is something to bear in mind when seating employees within the working environment.
If you have an employee who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should call the Self-Isolation Service Hub on 020 3743 6715 as soon as you are aware of the test result.
You will need to provide them with the 8-digit account ID that has been given to the positive employee, along with the names of any co-workers who have been in close contact.
Those employees that you believe may be a close contact, but are not 100% sure, should self-isolate until you get clarification from the Hub.
You can ask that employees provide you with a Track and Trace Isolation note for evidence.
Consideration for Positive and Self-isolation Cases
If your employees that have tested positive or are having to self-isolate due to being a close contact, there are a number of options that can be considered:
(Please note that employees are to be paid SSP at a minimum, from their first day of isolation. Employers with under 250 employees can reclaim SSP payments)
This guidance is due to change for double-vaccinated employees from 16th August 2021, so keep your eye out for further updates!
If you need further guidance or advice, please contact our team of consultants on 01743 444007 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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