The Test and Trace Support Payment scheme is available in England. If you have to self-isolate but cannot work from home and you meet the criteria, you could get a single payment of £500. Local authorities will be responsible for the payments.
Your workplace should follow the government guidance and make sure it’s ‘coronavirus-safe’ so you can return. The government asks employers to make sure ‘robust measures’ are in place to keep employees who were shielding safe and to ease their transition back to work.
If you feel uncertain about returning to work, speak to your employer to find out their policies on coronavirus changes. Agree a plan for returning to work, including any adjustments you need.
If you need to self-isolate because you or someone you live with has coronavirus or coronavirus symptoms, you should be able to take sick leave and keep your job. But tell your employer as soon as possible.
Depending on your employer’s policy and your contract, your employer may ask you to take the paid sick leave in your contract or statutory sick pay (SSP). Ask your employer about their sick leave policy.
If your employer needs evidence, ask the NHS for an Isolation Note.
Your employer might have kept you on the payroll, even if you could not work. This is known as being ‘on furlough’. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) helps pay your wages while you're on furlough.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is being extended until 31 March 2021.
If you were made redundant just before the end of October, check with your employer to see if you are eligible to go back on furlough. You are still eligible to claim furlough if you were on your former employer’s payroll on 30 October 2020.
Returning to your workplace if you live with someone extremely vulnerable to coronavirus
Government advice is that people that were shielding can return to work. If you live with someone who’s extremely vulnerable to coronavirus, you’ll need to return to work too. This includes if the person is continuing to shield regardless of the government advice. But your workplace must follow government guidance to make it ‘coronavirus-safe’.
If you’re worried, speak to your employer to find out their policies on coronavirus changes. You could try agreeing a plan for returning to work, including any adjustments you need to keep you and your household safe.
The government has published online guides to help employers and employees to work safely during coronavirus. If you’re worried about your safety, ask your employer what measures will be in place to protect you.