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Fines for employers who permit self-isolating workers to work

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020 have come into effect from midnight last night. 

Regulation 7 makes it an offence for an employer to knowingly permit a worker (including an agency worker) to attend any place other than where the individual is self-isolating.  This includes individuals who are required to self-isolate because they live with someone who has tested positive. 

If an employer knows a worker has tested positive (or lives with someone who has tested positive), the employer is now responsible for preventing the worker from working, unless that worker can work from home.  Any employer who fails to do so will face a fine, starting at £1,000.