27 Jul 2020, 14:33
I have an employee who is intending to travel abroad. Do they need to self-isolate on return to the UK? How should this absence be recorded on PSP?
The Government has changed its travel advice, providing certain exemptions for travelling to certain countries and territories that no longer pose a high risk for British travelers.
We therefore continue to advise against non-essential international travel to any countries and territories that are not included in the exempted list of destinations and we should reaffirm and communicate this to employees.
Following the Government’s updated and changed travel advice, all employees who have travelled abroad to an exemption listed destination will no longer need to self-isolate on return to the UK.
All employees who have travelled abroad to countries not included in the exemption destination list must self-isolate for a full 14 days on return to the UK.
The 14-day self-isolation period will start from the date they re-entered the UK. The employee’s absence should be covered by taking additional annual holiday, unpaid other time off or where possible, working from home.
For those employees who had already travelled to Spain when the Government announced that all passengers arriving from Spain (including the Canary and Balearic Islands) from Sunday 26 July 2020 must quarantine for 14 days:
Due to these exceptional circumstances, we support the need for colleagues to follow Government rules and quarantine for the required period, so our normal policy applies, i.e. the absence should be covered by taking additional annual holiday, unpaid other time off or where possible, working from home.
The Government now advises "against all but essential travel to mainland Spain" (excluding the Canary and Balearic Islands) and has announced they will not hesitate to do this again for any country.
Therefore, all future announcements for Spain or other countries will be treated in line with the current policy noted above. If colleagues choose to travel, they should do so knowing that quarantine when they return is a possibility and they will need to work from home where possible, take annual leave or unpaid leave remains.
Our current approach to annual leave continues to apply – all pre-booked leave must be taken.
If they do not have any coronavirus symptoms after the 14 days, they can stop self-isolating and return to work.
The Government has announced that quarantine measures apply to those returning from mainland Spain, including the Canary and Balearic Islands, such as Majorca and Ibiza.
We know that a number of colleagues were and are in Spain when this announcement was made.
We support the need for colleagues to follow Government rules and quarantine for the required period. Therefore, absence should be covered by taking additional annual holiday, unpaid other time off or, where possible, working from home.
The Government has also said that it may make similar decisions for other countries at short notice. If colleagues choose to travel, they should do so knowing that quarantine when they return is a possibility and they will need to work from home where possible, take annual leave or unpaid leave.
Our current approach to annual leave continues to apply – all pre-booked leave must be taken as previously agreed.
If you are concerned about the financial impact of your absence, the Rowland Hill Fund may be able to help. The Fund can be contacted at email@example.com.
Please be aware of the risks associated with travel for the foreseeable future. Travel and quarantine advice can change quickly. This could mean:
Travel to your planned holiday destination is prevented before you travel.
You need to quarantine/self-isolate on return at short notice.
Hotels or towns are put into lockdown, impacting your ability to return to the UK on your scheduled date.
We will continue to monitor the Government and public health advice and communicate where required.
27 Jul 2020, 14:44
I wrote back wrote:Regarding what you said though, it is not ‘normal policy’ for those who have to self isolate that it is unpaid/holiday which for ease of reference is here...
https://www.royalmailchat.co.uk/communi ... 71&t=94753
I would expect a lot to change of the next few days with CWU involvement.
27 Jul 2020, 14:44
27 Jul 2020, 14:51
Woody Guthrie wrote:While I've always argued that those with symptoms, living with people with symptoms or told to shield by the NHS should receive sick pay to be honest you can understand their position here.
This was always a risk when travelling abroad during a pandemic and while I won't condemn those who made the decision to go it's probably right that the consequences are not placed on the business any more than necessary, they will after all have to find cover for these people.
Basically you pays your money and takes your chance.
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