Employers face £10K fines if they force self-isolating employees into work

Employers who try to force self-isolating workers to work will face fines of £10,000 from today.

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Employers who force or allow staff to come to work when they should be self-isolating will be liable for fines of up to £10,000 from today, the Government has announced.

Fines will also be introduced from today for those breaching self-isolation rules, starting at £1,000, in line with the existing penalty for breaking quarantine after international travel. This could increase to up to £10,000 for repeat offences and the most serious breaches, including for those preventing others from self-isolating.

If someone or another member of their household has symptoms of coronavirus, they should isolate immediately. If someone receives a positive test result, they are required by law to self-isolate for the period ending 10 days after displaying symptoms or after the date of the test, if they did not have symptoms. Other members of their household must self-isolate for the period ending 14 days after symptom onset or after the date of the initial person’s positive test.

If someone is instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, because they have had close contact with someone outside their household who has tested positive, they are legally required to self-isolate for the period notified by NHS Test and Trace. Both household and non-household contacts must self-isolate for the full period, regardless of whether they have symptoms and, if they develop symptoms and take a test, regardless of whether any test taken gives a negative result.

Those on lower incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result will be eligible for a new £500 Test and Trace Support Payment if they are forced to self-isolate, which should be in place by 12th October. Those who are told to self-isolate from today will receive backdated payments, if they are eligible, once the scheme is set up in their local authority.

The Government says NHS Test and Trace call handlers will also increase contact with those self-isolating,  police will check compliance in highest incidence areas and in high-risk groups, based on local intelligence, high profile cases of non-compliance will be investigated an prosecuted and that cases where people have informed on others for not self-isolating will be followed up.



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