Guidance For Employers Of Personal Assistants: COVID:19

When employing personal assistants it is essential to recognise issues as and when they arise. The outbreak of COVID:19 ( also know as Coronavirus) is a current public health issue and as such certain precautions need to be taken with your staff.

You may have already seen the advice from The UK government to isolate yourself if travelling from certain countries, but recent cases have affected our policyholders. Our current advice for those employing a personal assistant that has retuned from an affected country is that you suspend the PA’s on medical grounds (full paid suspension) until they have confirmation from their GP that they are now in the clear from the Coronavirus.

This advice is particularly crucial if you have a weakened immune system as the symptoms of COVID:19 can be more severe. Any employees that have come from countries whereby there is a risk of catching the Coronavirus, as advised by Doctors and even notice from the Government – they are to stay home for 14 days and follow the advice given by NHS 111.

If your assistant or any person they have contact with has recently returned from the following countries (Since 19th February), they should call NHS 11 and stay indoors avoiding contact with other people even if they do not have symptoms:

  • Iran
  • Specific lockdown areas in northern Italy designated by the Government of Italy
    • Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo, San Fiorano and Vo’ Euganeo
  • Special care zones in South Korea designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea
    • Daegu
    • Cheongdo
  • Hubei province
  • Wuhan

If they have flu-like symptoms and have returned from the following areas, you should call NHS 111 and stay indoors avoiding contact with others. If you have no symptoms, there is no need to follow this advice.

  • Northern Italy - north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini.
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar
  • China
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Macau

If you are a policyholder with us, you have our full legal team behind you 24 hours a day. When you need any help or advice on this or any other situation that arises, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01476 514478.