COVID and the workplace: testing and vaccination

Charity employers are probably aware that the Government has recently expanded support for workplace testing for coronavirus, which is now available to employers with more than 50 employees – having initially been available to employers with more than 250 employees.

The aim of rapid workplace testing is to find and then isolate positive cases of asymptomatic individuals who would not have been identified by other test and trace measures, which rely primarily on testing symptomatic individuals.

It does not replace the need to adhere to Covid-secure guidelines for the relevant workplace setting.

For more on the type of testing, the advantages to it, whether it can be made compulsory, the data protection implications, payment of employees who are self-isolating following a workplace test, and Government support available, read our article.

As the vaccination rollout begins to reach people of working age, we also have an article looking at what employers need to know: how soon employees are likely to be offered the vaccine, the impact of vaccination on social distancing requirements, whether employers should be developing a vaccination policy, and whether vaccination could be a condition of employment.

For more on the legal and other challenges arising as a result of the pandemic, head over to our Coronavirus hub.

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