On 1 April 2022 the UK Health Security Agency published new guidance for employers in England, replacing the previous “Working safely” guidance notes (no longer available). As set out in the Government’s Living with Covid plan (see our blog post here), Reducing the spread of respiratory infections, including COVID-19, in the workplace sets out how Covid-19 is now to be treated in the same way as flu and other respiratory infections. The guidance advises that employers:
Similar advice is given in the new guidance for individuals, Living safely with respiratory infections, including COVID-19.
Employers will now need to determine and communicate their policy on testing, attending work and sick leave/pay for individuals who test positive, or who have symptoms of respiratory infection but are not too ill to work, and either wish to work or to self-isolate, as well as for household contacts of positive cases. They will also need to decide what Covid-safe measures should be kept in place and give particular consideration to staff at higher risk of serious illness, for example due to a weakened immune system, or who live with someone at higher risk. As before, the use and retention of any health or vaccination data will need to comply with data protection laws. Please do get in touch with your usual HSF contact if you would like to discuss these issues further.
( Source from: Herbert Smith Freehills)