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Coronavirus Latest: Online Isolation Notes Launched

One of the many practical problems facing employers in relation to coronavirus sickness absence and self – isolation has been the inability of employees to provide medical evidence where required. The government has now announced that online isolation notes providing proof of coronavirus absence from work has been launched.

How will this work?

Employees will still be able to self-certify for the first seven days of absence. After that, employers may ask for evidence of sickness absence. Where this is related to having symptoms of coronavirus or living with someone who has symptoms, the isolation note can be used to provide evidence of the advice to self-isolate.  

According to the government press release the isolation notes can be accessed through the NHS website and NHS 111 online. After answering a few questions, an isolation note will be emailed to the employee. If they don’t have an email address, they can have the note sent to a trusted family member or friend, or directly to their employer. The service can also be used to generate an isolation note on behalf of someone else.

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