New Coronavirus Regulations Affecting Employers

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New regulations came into force for England overnight with new obligations for Employers and employees self isolating. 

The new The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Obligations of Undertakings) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 set out compulsory periods for self-isolation and duties to notify the Secretary of State the names of anyone in the same household as someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

Requirement on Employers

Employers must not allow any worker who is known to be self isolating to attend any place of work other than the place they are self isolating for the duration of their isolation period. 

This includes those required to self isolate because they live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Affected workers will still be able to work from home where this is possible. 

In the legislation, this is known as Regulation 7.

Requirements on Employees

Employees and agency workers who are aware of the need to self isolate and due to work during their isolation period are required to notify their employer that they must self isolate and include the start and end dates of the isolation period. 

The notification should be made as soon as reasonably practicable and before they are next due to work within the isolation period. 

In the legislation this is known as Regulation 8.


It is an offence to not comply with the new regulations and subject to  fines. 

Any employers, employees or agency workers who fail to meet this requirement may face a fine starting at £1,000, rising potentially to £10,000 for repeat offenders. 

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