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Returning to Work following a period of self-isolation

Returning to an essential service

If an employee has come to the end of their self-isolation period, and they feel fit and able to return to work and are required to work as part of an essential service, managers should make contact with the employee and make arrangements for their return.

If the employee has concerns about returning to work either due to workplace concerns or another reason e.g. childcare issues, managers must discuss the concerns and take the appropriate steps to address these. Further information on managing an employee’s return to work can be found here.

When the employee returns to work, a return to work interview (by phone if necessary) should take place – we have a duty of care to ensure the employee is fit to return. Guidance on return to work interviews can be found here.

On return, managers must remind employees to close the absence on iTrent in line with normal procedures. Guidance on how to do this can be found here. If the employee is unable to access mySelf remotely, the manager should contact the ESC People Helpdesk to have the absence ended.

Please note that failure to end the absence will have an impact on pay and absence levels.

Working from home

If the employee is working from home, they must be made aware that they could be recalled to work at any time and it is the manager’s responsibility to keep in touch with all homeworking employees.

These employees should be recorded on iTrent. This should now be completed by the manager by logging into myTeam. Further guidance is available here.

Further information on working from home is available here.

Updated on 16th July 2021

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