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20 March 2020 | Comment | Article by Louise Price

Online isolation notes launched – providing proof of Coronavirus Covid-19 absence from work

The Government has announced that employees who are unable to attend work for more than seven days due to Coronavirus Covid-19 will be able to obtain an online isolation note. This will provide evidence that they have been advised to self-isolate either because they are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus or someone they live with is experiencing such symptoms.

The isolation notes can be accessed online through the NHS website and NHS 111 online with a view to easing the pressure currently placed on GP surgeries. This measure will also prevent people who are in self-isolation needing to leave their homes.

This will be welcome news to employers who will now be able to request and receive documentary evidence from employees to support the reason for their absence.

For further advice on Coronavirus Covid-19 related employment queries please contact our dedicated Employment and HR Services team.

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Louise Price


A highly specialised lawyer, Louise is a Partner and Head of Employment and HR services. Her expertise includes corporate support work, TUPE, pensions and employee benefits advice. She regularly advises private, public and third sector clients regarding large scale TUPE transfers of staff including drafting indemnities and warranties, advising on potential employment and pension liabilities, information and consultation obligations, and providing best value guidance.

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