Coronavirus Guidance For Members Of Staff
With coronavirus and the pandemic an ever-present concern in our lives these days, it’s important to stay up to date with guidance relating to the world of work and how the current situation affects you as an employee now and into the future.
The government has published some advice and information outlining individual responsibilities, such as ensuring that you work from home unless it is impossible for you to do so. It acknowledges that not everyone can work from home and some jobs will require travel to and from site, but for those who can, working from home is a must.
If you do get COVID-19 and find that you’re too ill to work, you can receive £94.25 a week statutory sick pay (SSP), which will be paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks. Individuals who are caring for those who are unwell in the same household and have been advised to implement household self-isolation will now be able to claim SSP, as well.
If you have been advised to stay at home or if you do have COVID-19, you will be able to arrange an isolation note by visiting the NHS 111 website, instead of going to see your GP.
There may well come a time that furloughing becomes a necessity, which is where you are kept on the payroll if your employer finds themselves unable to operate or has no work for you to do because of the pandemic. This means that you will receive 80 per cent of your wages up to a monthly cap of £2,500.
Remember that if you are furloughed and your salary is subsequently reduced, you could potentially be eligible for support through the welfare system, which includes Universal Credit.
Those of you who are self-employed are also able to claim Universal Credit if you meet the eligibility criteria. As of April 6th, the requirements for the minimum income floor have been relaxed temporarily, applicable to all Universal Credit claimants and lasting for the duration of the outbreak.
You should discuss your working arrangements with your employer – and your company should do all it can to facilitate you working from home, which includes providing the appropriate tech infrastructure to enable remote working.
If you’re unable to work from home, you are still able to travel for work purposes as long as you’re not showing any symptoms of coronavirus and as long as neither you nor anyone in your household are self-isolating – in line with advice from the chief medical officer.
Any employers who have people on site or in their offices must ensure that staff members are able to adhere to guidelines from Public Health England, including maintaining a two metre distance from others where possible and washing hands with soap and water regularly and often for at least 20 seconds, using hand sanitiser where water and soap are not available.
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