1st October 2020
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020 came into effect on 28 September 2020.
An important point to note is that the rules apply not only to conventional employees but also to other workers, including agency workers.
An employer or employee who breaches these rules can be prosecuted, or issued with fixed penalty notices ranging from £1,000 – £10,000 (for subsequent breaches). A corporate body may face prosecution in addition to any officer of the company who consented to the act, was in connivance, or was neglectful.
Companies also need to carefully consider what reputational damage might be caused to their brand in the event of negative publicity or conviction.
As always, the legislation is both detailed, ever-changing and complex, so if in any doubt as to your obligations, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.
If you need specialist advice, then get in touch with our specialist Health & Safety lawyer Michael O’Garra by calling 0113 2440597 or emailing email@example.com and let us help. We can advise on a plea, defences and potential sentences in a wide range of circumstances.
For more information on our Health & Safety services, visit the dedicated page on our website.
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