This has had adverse effects on a number of my client's businesses due to staff shortages and so gaining more clarity on the situation and when it's going to end would be useful for them.
"I thought you may like some additional information!"
Managing an unexpected period of self-isolation by one of your employees can be gruelling, but you may be able to get around this by allowing staff to work from home during this time if possible.
Another option is to consider hiring temporary workers or asking the remaining workforce to split their colleagues' workload between them. They may also wish to consider whether their staff are eligible to be exempt from self-isolation under the Government's new rules.
The new rules highlight that, "... a limited number of named workers may be able to leave self-isolation under specific controls for the purpose of undertaking critical work only."
This process is only intended to run until the 16th of August 2021, when fully vaccinated close contacts will be exempt from self-isolation. If you believe the self-isolation of certain key employees would result in serious disruption to critical services, you should contact the relevant government department.
The sectors to which the new rules apply are:
food production and supply
clinical consumable supplies
essential defence outputs
In some exceptional cases, there may be critical roles in sectors not listed above which meet the criteria. These will be agreed on a case-by-case basis.
The Government makes it clear that this policy applies to named workers in specifically approved workplaces who are fully vaccinated (defined as someone who is 14-days post-final dose) and who have been identified as close contacts.
Permission to attend work is, it emphasises, contingent on following certain controls, agreed by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), to mitigate the risk of increased infection.
Thankfully, these requirements will no longer apply after the 16th of August.
Until next time ...
ROGER EDDOWES Business Godparent
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Roger trained at Edward Thomas Peirson & Sons in Market Harborough before working at Hartwell & Co, followed by Chancery, as a partner. He started Essendon Accounts and Tax with Helen Beaumont in 2014 as a general practitioner with a hands-on approach.
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