Coronavirus and the workplace: The launch of NHS online isolation notes

On Friday 20 March 2020, the government’s Department of Health and Social Care launched an online service providing isolation notes to individuals unable to attend work as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Isolation notes enable employees to provide evidence to their employers that they have been advised to self-isolate due to coronavirus, whether that be because the employee has symptoms or they live with someone who has symptoms of the virus. Employees are able to self-certify for the first 7 days of absence, however employers often require evidence after this period. Employees will now no longer need to contact their GP in order to obtain such evidence if they have…

Coronavirus Business Impact Review

We are all seeing an awful lot of blog posts, articles and other releases about coronavirus at the moment. A lot of words have been used to cover some very important public health and financial messages, both for individuals and businesses. This post is looking at coronavirus from a different perspective – the reviews that every business should be carrying out on their contractual position. Most businesses have contracts in two directions – with suppliers, and with customers. In each case, there is a likelihood that coronavirus is likely to impact on one or both parties’ ability to meet their contractual obligations. I suspect that an awful lot of people…