The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020 came into effect on 28th September and applies to all employers and employees.
If you are an employee and test positive for COVID-19 you must notify your employer and self-isolate. The same rules apply as an employer, if you are aware of a COVID-19 positive employee, you must send them home to self-isolate— it’s your legal duty to comply, or face fines.
Below is a round-up of what the regulations mean:
The link to the full regulations can be found here: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/1045/made
So who’s responsibility is it to inform and act?
The regulations put a joint responsibility on both the employee and employer hence fines for both. But it might be wise to inform all employees that under the new act it is their responsibility in the first place to inform their employer if they receive a positive test result or contact from a contact tracer informing them of a positive test or the need to self-isolate then they must leave the workplace and inform you if you are the employer.