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Updated COVID-19 HR advice - 15 July 2020

15 July 2020

We’ve updated our COVID-19 HR advice for managers so that they can provide you with additional support and information in line with recent changes to Government guidance and our approach to working arrangements.

The updated advice includes the following information.

Annual leave carry forward arrangements for 2020 to 2021

Please remember that your annual leave should be taken as planned and that you are expected to use your annual leave entitlement within the leave year. The usual option to carry over up to five days (pro rata) leave to the next leave year with approval of your line manager applies. The amount carried forward can only be increased in exceptional circumstances where you are working in a role or service critical to the council’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and have the approval of an Executive Director.

If you’re not working, have been sent home or are self-isolating for a prolonged period you should take a proportion of your annual leave entitlement during this period.

While we appreciate that it’s difficult for some of you in roles which are critical to our response to COVID-19 to use all of your annual leave, it’s important for your wellbeing that arrangements are made for you to take time off.

Self-isolation prior to and following admission to hospital

The NHS have advised that anyone who is due to go into hospital for planned or elective surgery or medical care must self-isolate, along with members of their household for 14 days prior to admission. On occasion you may also be advised to self-isolate following a family member’s admission to hospital. If this applies to you please discuss options with your line manager who will support you to follow the NHS advice.

Travelling outside of the UK

The government continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas except to the countries within agreed travel corridors.

If you’re planning to travel overseas please discuss this with your line manager so that you are aware of any implications of needing to self-isolate on your return. The support available will depend on when your overseas travel was booked.