Employment Law Updates


Covid-19 Update

The Government has updated its guidance to reflect the new self-isolation rules which will apply from 16th August 2021, under which those who have been fully vaccinated will not have to self-isolate if they are a contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

From this date, self-isolation rules have been eased so that those individuals who live in the same household as someone with Covid-19 symptoms, or with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, and individuals who are identified as a contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, will no longer be required to self-isolate if any of the following apply:

  • they are fully vaccinated.

  • they are below the age of 18 years 6 months.

  • they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved Covid-19 vaccine trial; or

  • they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons.



An individual is considered to be fully vaccinated if they have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved Covid-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since they received the recommended doses of that vaccine.

Whilst it is not mandatory, it would be advisable for individuals who are not legally required to self-isolate to have a PCR test as soon as possible. However, there is no need for such individuals to self-isolate while waiting for their test result.

Effective Date:  16th August 2021