Employment Law and HR update – 11th December 2020

John Cook

  • New self-isolation requirements announced today
  • New filtering rules for DBS certificates
  • Keeping children safe in education: proposed revisions 2021

1. Covid-19 new announcement today – Self-isolation cut to 10 days from Monday 14th December

  • Self-isolation for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus will be shortened from 14 to 10 days across the UK from Monday 15th December.
  • The change will also apply to people instructed to quarantine after returning from countries which are not on the travel corridor list.
  • Anyone who has been self-isolating for 10 days or more will be able to end their quarantine on Monday.
  • The change has already been announced in Wales, but this new announcement will apply to all four nations.
  • A statement from the four UK chief medical officers (CMOs) said: “After reviewing the evidence, we are now confident that we can reduce the number of days that contacts self-isolate from 14 days to 10.
  • “People who return from countries which are not on the travel corridor list should also self-isolate for 10 days instead of 14 days.”

2. New filtering rules for DBS certificates

  • The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has published new guidance dealing with the filtering rules for criminal records certificates which will apply from 28 November 2020.
  • There will no longer be a requirement for youth cautions, reprimands and warnings to be automatically disclosed on standard and enhanced DBS certificates.
  • It should be noted that enhanced DBS certificates may include information relating to a protected caution or conviction if the police consider that it is relevant to the workforce that the individual intends to work in.
  • These changes are intended to ensure that the right balance is struck between rehabilitating offenders and protecting the public.
  • This is the link to the Gov guidance New filtering rules for DBS certificates (from 28 November 2020 onwards).

3. Keeping children safe in education: proposed revisions 2021

  • The DfE are seeking views on proposed changes to the statutory guidance ‘Keeping children safe in education’ 2020, with a view to making changes for September 2021.
  • This consultation document sets out the majority of the changes to KCSIE the Department for Education began to consult on in February 2020. Due to COVID-19 the consultation was withdrawn on 31 March 2020. Responses received during the five weeks the consultation was running will still be considered.

The link to the online survey is here.

John Cook – Solicitor

John Cook

I am a qualified Solicitor with over 30 years’ experience running a business, managing a team, appearing in the Employment Tribunal and advising on almost every conceivable employment law and HR issue. Clients appreciate my down to earth and straight forward approach that allows them to achieve results and manage their organisation more effectively. I take the worry out of employment law and HR issues with a proactive and robust approach.