What happens if an employee is advised to self-isolate by a “test and trace” service?
If a government ‘test and trace’ service contacts an individual to confirm they have been in recent and close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), they must self-isolate for 14 days. If they develop symptoms, everyone else in their household must also self-isolate for 14 days.
Provided the individual has been off work for at least four days in a row, they are entitled to SSP from the first qualifying day they were absent.
Employees who go into self-isolation need to follow their usual workplace sickness policies and procedures. In terms of paperwork, employees can ‘self-certify’ for their first 7 days off work. Beyond that, a self-isolation note can be obtained online by the employee from: