The employee(s) must self-isolate by law and remain away from the workplace. In these circumstances, Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) becomes payable immediately from day one of their absence. If you pay Company Sick Pay, then the employees' contractual arrangements must be applied.
For any work colleague that has been in contact with employees requiring to self-isolate, they must be advised and also required to undertake a period of self-isolation in line with the Government's rules. Public Health England define a contact as:
· A person that has spent a significant time in the same environment;
· A person with whom there has been face to face contact (within 1 metre) and tested positive;
· A person who has been coughed at, had a face-to-face conversation within one metre, physical skin contact or been in contact for a minute or more without face-to-face contact;
· Spending 15 minutes or more within a 2 metre distance of someone that has tested positive for COVID, or
· A person that has travelled in a small vehicle with a person that that has tested positive or been in a large vehicle or a plane near a person that has tested COVID positive.
An employee must also self-isolate if they have been in contact with another individual that has tested positive for COVID or are advised to self-isolate by the NHS app or Track and Trace Team.