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What to do if you miss out on work because of the 14 day quarantine period

Holidaymakers returning to Britain from Spain will now be required to quarantine for two weeks.

The measures came into effect from midnight on July 26 after the government removed Spain from the list of safe countries to travel to during the coronavirus pandemic.

Amid the concerns about what this means for peoples' jobs now that they have to self isolate, Downing Street has shared guidance on what people can do if they find themselves in that situation.

Universal Credit or employment support allowance

The Prime Minister's official spokesperson said holidaymakers who miss out on work because of the quarantine period may be eligible for Universal Credit or employment support allowance but not statutory sick pay.

He also reiterated that the Government expects employers to be “flexible” in allowing staff to work from home while self-isolating.

“Where this isn’t possible we would expect that many employers would have their own policies in place for quarantine and we know that some continue to offer full pay for all or some of the isolation period. But if there are people who need urgent support then they may be entitled to the new-style employment support allowance or Universal Credit," he said.

Responding to the query about whether ministers would review statutory sick pay eligibility, he said: “We always keep our response to the pandemic under review and we regularly assess the support available but there is support available for those in need.”

Appeal to the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service

Downing Street also said that workers who lose their jobs because they are quarantining after returning from Spain could appeal to the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas).

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: "There are existing systems in place should a dispute occur between an employer and the employee and that is the employee can take that dispute to Acas for settlement."

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