ACAS has reviewed its guidance on self-isolation and COVID-19. It notes that someone must stay at home (‘self-isolate’) if:
They have Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have tested positive.
They are told to self-isolate by an NHS test and trace service.
Someone in their household has symptoms or has tested positive.
They could get fined for breaking the law if they do not follow self-isolation rules. Those who cannot work because they need to self-isolate must inform their employer as soon as possible.
Somebody that needs to self-isolate must stay at home for at least 10 days.
Where an employee or worker has to self-isolate, the employer should:
Send them home immediately, if they're at work.
Support them while they’re at home, including their wellbeing and mental health.
Consider making changes to the workplace to stop further spread.
If an employee or worker is not able to work because they're ill with COVID-19 or cannot work from home while self-isolating, they must get any sick pay they're entitled to.
Someone might have to self-isolate more than once during the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers should support them in the same way each time, says the guidance.
It is available in full here.
ACAS May 2021