Covid-19 - Track and trace

16 June 2020

Tracing System

With many people unsure about entering the workplace due to Covid 19, the government has introduced a new ‘track and trace’ scheme to heighten the ‘stay alert, control the virus, save lives’ process.  Employees who are doubtful of other employees’ health as well as their own must follow the ‘track and trace’ scheme guidelines as outlined on the NHS website.

How this process works is that any person who develops symptoms must get tested.  This could be through a regional testing site or a home test kit. Click here for more information.  In a matter of days the results would be confirmed.  If positive they will be advised to stay at home for 7 days, isolate and not to attend the workplace. 

Track and trace will also consider other risks attached to the person before a detailed outcome is given, for example staff who have been with an external person for more than 15 minutes with less of a 2 metres distance, could be deemed a risk and could be told to self-isolate for 14 days. 

SSP guidelines 

With any of the Covid 19 cases, employees would be paid in line with SSP guidelines which current stand at £95.85 per week.  It is worth repeating that the 3 waiting days would not be applicable during the 14 day isolation. Should employees take a careless approach to this advice there could be huge fines imposed.

As work practices start to open up once more, employers should consider communicating these rules to their staff through their own company policy so all are aware of the most recent government updates.  The contents of the policy should be made clear if they have had the symptoms they must attend a ‘track and trace’ site or order a home kit and to isolate in the meantime to avoid the spread.  The government are encouraging home working but if this cannot be done then to isolate.        

The rules concerning Covid19 and the workplace are vast and complicated; for further advice and guidance on how to apply the rules in your workplace please call the advice line on 01455852028.

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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.

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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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