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Self-isolating employees – new Coronavirus Regulations affecting employers

28 September 2020 | Nick Jones

The Government yesterday issued new Coronavirus Regulations which came into force at midnight.

Within the Regulations there is an important new law applicable to employers. It is now an offence for an employer to knowingly allow any worker, including Agency Workers, to attend any other place other than where the individual is self-isolating.

This even applies if the worker is self-isolating because they live with someone else who has tested positive for Coronavirus.

So if an employer knows that one of its workers has tested positive for the virus, or is living with someone who has tested positive, the employer must stop the employee from working unless they can work from home. If the employer fails to do this, they risk a fine that begins at £1,000.

The new Regulations also place a duty on the worker to inform the employer that they are required to self-isolate. In addition, it will be a separate criminal offence if the worker breaches their self-isolation.

Specialist employment law advice

Sensible employers will not be affected by the Regulations.  However, we advise employers to take positive steps to clearly communicate to their workers that they will be required to comply with the requirements of their self-isolation.

If you have any questions about these Regulations, the details to communicate to your employees, or any other employment issue, please contact Nick Jones or Cecily Donoghue by calling 0117 906 9400 or email

The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.

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