Coronavirus: Self-Isolation

24 March 2020

Yesterday (Monday 23rd March 2020), Boris Johnson announced further measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and deal with the national emergency. We are in effect on ‘lock down’.  We must all adhere to the measures. Where staff can work from home they must do so; unnecessary travel and contact should be stopped. Travel should be kept to a minimal and only be made where absolutely necessary. 

As the number of affected people increases; the government have revised the process to seek advice and obtain the isolation notes.  The online coronavirus isolation note service has now been launched.  The service enables employees to obtain evidence that they need to stay at home because of the NHS 111 coronavirus advice. This is replaces the need to obtain a fit note from their GP. The service is available here

Isolation Note Form

As per the usual absence reporting process; employees can self-certify for the first seven calendar days of their absence; no evidence is needed for the absence during this time.  From day 8; in coronavirus cases, employers may ask employees to submit an isolation note form.  Employees do not have to provide the evidence however they may obtain the isolation note via the service.  The isolation note can be downloaded and emailed for reference. 

The Coronavirus isolation notes are available for those who:

  • Displaying symptoms and have used the NHS 111 online coronavirus service, or
  • Have been told by a health professional that they are displaying symptoms, or
  • Live with someone who is displaying symptoms.

Where an employee is displaying symptoms and can continue working from home as normal; does not need an isolation note.  They must however follow the health professional advice and monitor their situation carefully. 

Please note the details above are correct as at 24th March. For further information please call the employment advice line on 0333 240 7208 or contact us here.

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Hema Mistry

Head of Operations

With over 20 years experience in HR, Hema draws her expert specialist knowledge from a broad range of industries, including employment advisory and consultancy services, retail, manufacturing and leisure. Being MCIPD qualified enables her to quickly understand how organisations operate, how to interact with their business leaders and to deliver effective commercial and practical solutions.

Andy Hooke

Health, Safety & Training Business Partner

Andy is NEBOSH trained and a technical member of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH). Andy is often found studying the latest updates to legislation to keep his knowledge up to date and provide the best advice. With a passion for health and safety and experience in a range of environments from large corporates to small business, Andy is well placed to support you in all your health and safety needs.

Jill Colston

HR and Training Business Partner

Jill has over 14 years’ experience in HR & Training. Having started a career as a police officer; she changed careers to HR & Training dealing with Equality & Diversity in the workplace. Jill is passionate about Diversity, Inclusion and HR and has supported companies in managing their HR and training needs. She has a wealth of expertise across HR, dealing with challenging casework, company restructure projects, mediation, training, organisational development systems; equality and diversity.

Arti Patel

HR Business Partner

Arti has a strong background in HR and is a fully qualified CIPD member. She has worked with challenging casework and has a good understanding of how to deal with workplace matters as they arise.

Jatinder Tara

Advice Line Team Leader

Jatinder is qualified non-practising Solicitor, he has over 22 years advisory experience in Employment law, HR matters and Employment Tribunal litigation. He manages the legal and HR advice line team ensuring the delivery of advice is effective verbally and in correspondence. He has experience in training and coaching work colleagues in all aspects of legal and employment matters. With his sound understanding of issues arising with in the workplace environment, Jatinder aims to deliver clear and concise client focussed advice.

Anoop Sodhi

HR Employment Relations Advisor

Anoop is an experienced HR Advisor and is part of the Telephone Advice Line Team. Anoop has worked in both the public and private sector, providing Employment Law advice ranging from grievances, disciplinaries, performance management, attendance management and mediation. Anoop is a trained mediator and provides down to earth, pragmatic, commercial advice. Outside of work, Anoop actively participates as a CIPD Board Member of East Midlands.

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