These are your employment rights if you're required to self-isolate on return to UK

France has been added to the list of countries with quarantine restrictions in place for people arriving in the UK following a rise in the number of coronavirus cases there.

By Robert Cumber
Saturday, 15th August 2020, 8:21 am

But what are your employment rights if you are returning from France, or another country not on the UK’s safe list, and have to self-isolate for 14 days?

The Government says that where possible people should work from home while self-isolating, with workers advised to talk to their employer about doing so before travelling.

Passengers arrive at St Pancras International station after the Government announced it was imposing a 14-day quarantine period for people arriving from France (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)

Employees can agree with their boss to take leave to cover the period of their self-isolation, providing they have enough leave remaining, and employers can tell staff to take leave as long as they give sufficient notice.

Staff may be able to take unpaid leave if they’re forced to travel to deal with a family emergency.

Employees who are out of the country when a quarantine is announced, as has happened to thousands of holidaymakers in France, are advised to talk to their employer as soon as possible.

The Government says dismissal should be a ‘last resort’, with employers who take that step because someone has had to self-isolate after travelling abroad leaving themselves open to a claim for unfair dismissal.

It says an employment tribunal will consider all relevant facts including public health guidance on coronavirus, an individual’s behaviour and the employer’s circumstances.

Information about self-isolating upon arrival in the UK, and the full list of which countries are exempt, is available here.