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NHS test and trace system – Key takeaways for employers

NHS test and trace system – Key takeaways for employers

28th May 2020 - Published by Kuits employment team

Following Matthew Hancock’s announcement in yesterday’s daily briefing that the NHS Test and Trace system will go live from 9am this morning (28 May), the government has now published its workplace guidance.

The key take away points are:

  • The system launched at 9am today, although the smartphone app is still in development
  • This will supplement the employer’s workplace assessment on COVID-19.
  • All those who have symptoms of COVID-19 can be tested and they will be told if they are positive. They then need to share recent contacts and those people will be told to self-isolate too.

Workers will be told to isolate because they:

  1. Have coronavirus symptoms and are awaiting a test result
  2. Have tested positive for coronavirus
  3. Are a member of the same household as someone who has symptoms or has tested positive for coronavirus
  4. Have been in close recent contact with someone who has tested positive and received a notification to self-isolate from NHS test and trace.

Employers will play a role in ensuring that they ask workers to heed any warnings and support them when in self-isolation. Support will cover allowing staff to work from home (if this is not practical, finding alternative work) or paying sick pay during a period of self-isolation or allowing a worker to take holiday.

The workplace guidance can be found HERE.

We expect that the ICO will update their guidance shortly to address any data protection issues and we will keep you updated on this.

If you would like advice on anything mentioned above, please contact Mark McKeating on 0161 838 7810, or email markmckeating@kuits.com.

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