Thousands of British holidaymakers made the most of the Government easing lockdown restrictions to book trips overseas, including to the UK's most popular overseas destination, Spain. However, the short-notice announcement last week that anyone returning to the UK from Spain is now required to self-isolate in quarantine for 14 days may have a significant impact on those who may have expected to return to work immediately after their holiday.
In particular, this BBC article highlights the fact that individuals required to self-isolate (either having returned to the UK from specified countries or otherwise) do not have an automatic right to receive any statutory sick pay (paid at £95.85 per week) if they are unable to attend work as a result of being required to quarantine themselves. Workers who can work remotely will not be affected, but if this is not possible, workers potentially face a stark choice of two weeks without pay, or taking additional holiday to cover the period of self-isolation.
Employers do have the discretion to make payments to those self-isolating and from an employee relations perspective, this could well be an appropriate response, even when the business climate remains challenging.
You're not automatically entitled to statutory sick pay if you are self-isolating after returning from holiday or business travel, industrial relations body Acas says.