I am writing to update you on recent government guidance in relation to Coronavirus and to explain our policy on staff absence in this regard.
The Department of Health and Social Care has advised:
The situation is quickly evolving and therefore this guidance is likely to be subject to further updates. If you are in any doubt about what action you should take, you should check the latest government advice at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
We expect you to work as normal unless you or someone in your household is self-isolating in compliance with current government advice.
However, we are putting in place a number of steps to ensure that the risk of our staff, customers and business contacts being infected is kept to a minimum. These steps are listed below.
If you or a member of your household is self-isolating
If you or any member of your household are subject to government advice to stay at home (i.e., if either of the circumstances set out above apply), you must immediately notify your line manager of:
NB: You should not report to work unless we advise you to do so if these circumstances apply.
We understand that current government advice does not compel an individual to self-isolate when another individual in their household is doing so, and therefore we may require you to attend work even where an individual in your household is self-isolating. You should speak to your line manager before attending work in these circumstances.
If you or a household member have symptoms consistent with Coronavirus
If you have reason to suspect you or a member of your household may have contracted Coronavirus:
Absence from work
Our normal sickness absence rules, procedures and sickness pay arrangements will apply in respect of any absence from work related to Coronavirus. Any questions about this should be addressed to your line manager in the first instance.
If you begin to feel unwell at work
If you begin to experience a fever, shortness of breath or a new, persistent cough at work, please follow government advice as follows:
If you are concerned that a colleague is showing symptoms of coronavirus
Please report your concerns to management immediately. Try to remain at least two metres away from the individual concerned at all times.
Pre-booked annual leave
You may have a pre-booked period of annual leave during which you are planning on going away on holiday. It may be that your travel plans will have to be cancelled as a result of travel restrictions. If you wish to cancel your annual leave in these circumstances, please speak to your manager as soon as possible. Each case will be considered on an individual basis, taking into account business need. Please be aware that we may still require you to take your annual leave at the pre-booked time and we cannot guarantee to allow you to cancel it.Back to news