Coronavirus: advice for employers

Published 29 November 2021

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The NFU’s Specialist Advice Team is monitoring the impact of Covid-19 in the workplace. Our Q&A pages are updated as and when new information and guidance is released.

The pace at which the news and law developed at the start of the pandemic has significantly slowed down, but we are clearly not out of this situation. There still needs to be a ‘watch this space’ approach for any further changes that may be brought in.

Employers should be communicating with employees the steps that are being taken to protect them.

They should also ask their employees to tell them

  • if they have any symptoms
  • have tested positive for Covid-19, or
  • live with someone or are in a support bubble with someone who has symptoms.

As well as the information that we have included on these pages, we also have further guidance on our member exclusive: Working safely during coronavirus: Advice on making your business 'COVID-secure' page.

If self-isolation is necessary there is guidance on who should self-isolate and how to do this properly as it involves more than simply staying at home. Visit  Self-isolation and treating coronavirus symptoms page on the NHS website. 

One of the key pieces of advice is to keep in contact with your employees no matter what reason they may be away from the workplace, so that you can keep them updated with any developments or changes affecting their employment and to offer support where you are able to do so.

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