Track and Trace: Sick Pay and Communicating with our Community
As per the Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement yesterday, the government has announced that the new NHS Test and Trace service will be launched from today (Thursday 28th May) across England.
Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.
People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.
To support this announcement the Department for Health & Social Care has developed the following package of materials, which are attached to this email:
- Guidance for employers and employees; and
- Q&A (see page 15 for employer specific questions)
If you have staff, please take the time to read the guidance for employers to understand how Track and Trace could impact your business.
Finally, I’d like to draw your attention to the fact that the government’s Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme is now live. If you’re an employer with fewer than 250 employees, you can now claim for Coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). You can also speak to your tax agent about making claims on your behalf. The repayment will cover up to two weeks of the applicable rate of SSP. For more information on eligibility and how to make a claim please visit: https://bit.ly/SSPRebateScheme.
Thank you to all those businesses who have replied with their plans for reopening/being open. I am busy working through all the emails now. If you haven’t been in touch, it’s not too late to do so. Please just email me as soon as you are able. If your business is not going to be opening on 15th June (eg because you are a hospitality business and government guidance forbids it) but you would like to be added to the list with a note that you are hoping to open in July, that’s fine – just send across the details you have so far.
Stay safe everyone and please get in touch if you need any help with your Covid-19 Secure status, risk assessments or any other questions!