I am planning to travel abroad. Where do I stand if the government guidance around travel to this country changes and I’m required to quarantine when I return home?
If you are legally permitted to travel, check the government advice for the country you are visiting. Other countries have closed borders, and may further restrict movement or bring in new rules including testing requirements with little warning. Also check if you need to self-isolate.
With the increased level of uncertainty, if you choose to go ahead and travel and then need to comply with a quarantine period on your return, this can be covered by:
• Annual leave
• Unpaid leave
• Special leave (paid or unpaid)
• Working from home where this is possible
• Use of time off in lieu hours accrued before the travel abroad
• Making up some of the 10 days by working additional hours or shifts above contracted hours over an agreed period of time. This must be taken within a three-month period of the time spent abroad and should not result in colleagues working over and above the 48 hours per week as determined within the European Working Time Directive
- A combination of all of the above