Employment Legislation

How to Manage Employees Returning from Travelling Abroad?

Legislation

How to Manage Employees Returning from Travelling Abroad?

Due Date

July 2020

Summary

The government announced that (from 26 July) Spain and (from 31 July) Luxembourg are no longer on the list of countries that are exempt from quarantine requirements. Anyone returning from these countries to the UK will need to self-isolate for 14 days. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is also advising against all but essential travel to the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands.

Anyone arriving into England, Wales and Northern Ireland from more than 60 ‘travel corridor’ countries, including popular destinations such as France, Italy, Greece, are exempt from the quarantine rules. Employers can suggest that employees work from home whilst in quarantine, if possible. It is important to remember that anyone who self-quarantines, but does not have any COVID-19 symptoms, will not be entitled to receive statutory sick pay.

Employers can discourage staff from going on holiday abroad and inform them that time for self-isolation will not be paid for.

In some cases, it is possible to cancel holiday leave that has already been authorised. However, if an employee has already made travel arrangements, he/she may request you to compensate them for any financial detriment and they could claim that the employer is in breach of mutual trust and confidence.

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