Latest Information - 26.03.2020

Following the recent developments around Covid-19, here are the latest updates from Huntress, including its specialist brands; Blackthorn Trace, Hunter Merrifield and Birchrose Associates.

The Chancellor previously set out a package of temporary and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. 

We are reviewing the latest information that has been released by the government on 26.03.20 and will continue to update this page when we have more information.

Updated 23.03.20

1. What do I do if I show symptoms?

If you show symptoms as described by the NHS on their website, you should follow the government guidelines and self-isolate if necessary and until you have fully recovered. You must also contact your consultant to inform them of your situation.

Similarly, if you have been diagnosed with the Covid-19 virus you must stay off work and report the sickness to your consultant at the earliest opportunity, ideally before your next normal start time.

For the duration of your sickness leave you will receive statutory sick pay in accordance with the current legislation at the time of the absence.

You will not be expected to seek a doctor’s note if you are absent for more than 7 calendar days with Covid-19.

2. What if I am not ill, but have been advised to self-isolate?

If you are not ill but have been advised to self-isolate in relation to Covid-19, acting on advice from NHS 111 or another medical practitioner, you must stay off work and contact your consultant at the earliest opportunity, ideally before your next normal start time. We will discuss the situation with you and agree a time when it should be reviewed and when you could come back to work.

If these circumstances arise, your consultant will explore the possibility of remote working with our client. If you can work effectively from home (as may reasonably be determined by the client and consultant), we will simply ask you to do so and keep your consultant informed about when you might be able to return to normal working again.

If you can’t work effectively from home (as may reasonably be determined by the client and consultant), we will expect you to stay at home regardless and keep your consultant informed about when you might be able to return to normal working again. During this period of leave, statutory sick pay will apply in accordance with the current legislation at the time of the absence. 

If you fall ill with Covid-19 during your period of self-isolation, you will need to report it to your consultant and statutory sick pay will apply as per question 1.

In the event that the client you’re working for (on our behalf), closes their office when you’re otherwise able to work, you will not receive pay. You will most likely be advised by the client directly, but we will also communicate this with you formally on behalf of our client. If you would like your consultant to look for work on your behalf during this period, please get in touch with them and we will endeavour to find another assignment however this cannot be guaranteed.

3. What if I am not ill, but need to stay at home to look after my children/other dependents?

In this event (as a result of a school closure related to Covid-19, for example) you must contact your consultant at the earliest opportunity, ideally before your next normal start time. You will be allowed to take your accrued holiday to cover the period of absence. Once you’ve exhausted your annual leave allowance, your absence will be unpaid.

If you fall ill with Covid-19 during your period of self-isolation, you will need to report it to your consultant and statutory sick pay will apply as per question 1.

We will continue to monitor the situation surrounding Covid-19 and will update this page accordingly. 

If you have any immediate questions or concerns, please contact your consultant.