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November 3, 2021

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Dealing with ‘long COVID’ – Advice for employers and employees 

‘Long COVID’, used to describe an individual experiencing COVID-19 symptoms for weeks or months after the initial infection, can disrupt someone’s ability to work or cause them to take sickness absence, employers should be aware of potential long-term effects on their workers. 

corona face maskThe usual rules for sickness absence and sick pay apply when someone is off work because of long COVID. 

Employers should be aware that the effects of long COVID can come and go. On some days the person might seem well, but on others their symptoms can be worse and they might need to be off work again. 

If someone is off sick, they might feel isolated or need support to return to work.

Employers should: 

  • Agree how and when to make contact during any absence 
  • Make sure their work is covered and shared out appropriately while they’re off 
  • Talk about ways to support them as they return to work where and when possible. 

NHS has released more information on the long-term effects of COVID-19.

Coronavirus advice for employers

This hub page complies all the latest government coronavirus updates. It includes what you can and cannot do in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, workplace advice from multiple sources, including information on welcoming staff back to the workplace and the latest vaccination information.

It also contains a host of useful external links and resources to find further information.


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