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Changes affecting your employment including sickness, reduced hours and your rights when you return to work

If you're off sick, told to stay home because of coronavirus or you need to look after dependents

  • Different employers may have different rules, so please speak to your employer and check out the guidance below
  • If employees need to provide evidence to their employer that they need to stay at home due to coronavirus, they will be able to get this online instead of having to get a fit note from their doctor. For more information on how to obtain this note go to (Public Health England).

Test and Trace Support Payments

From 28 September, people are required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by Test and Trace. To ensure that people on lower incomes that work are able to self-isolate without worry about their finances, they may be entitled to a new Test and Trace Support payment of £500.

Check eligibility and how to apply on our Test and Trace Support Payment page.

Apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment

Workers who have not taken all their statutory annual leave entitlement due to Covid-19 will now be able to carry it over into the next two leave years.

Returning to work

Guidance has been published to assist employers, businesses and their staff in staying open safely during coronavirus (Covid-19).

If you have concerns or want to check your rights if you refuse to work because of safety concerns over coronavirus at your workplace.

If your employer requires you to work at home, you can - and have always been able to - claim for increased costs due to working from home, e.g. heating and electricity. For more information on how to work this out look at the following site:

Benefit Cap

If you are capped seek advice immediately.

The following link offers straightforward information about what furlough is, eligibility, how furlough interacts with benefits and guidance and signposting on taking alternative work while furloughed:

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