Monthly Archives: March 2020

Holiday and Carry Over Provisions for 2 years

The Minister for Economy yesterday has proposed to amend legislation to allow workers in Northern Ireland that are unable to take holiday leave as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak to carry over their annual leave to the next two leave years.

The change to the Working Time Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016 legislation would bring Northern Ireland in line with changes made in Great Britain last week.

It is hoped that the necessary legislation will be enacted as soon as possible in order to assist the COVID-19 response following informal consultation with core stakeholders, such as industry representatives and trade union bodies.

The full statement can be viewed HERE



Covid-19 – Stay at Home Guidance for Households

The current advice from government on self-isolation is:

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started;
  • if you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill;
  • for anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are or in the original 14 day isolation period.

The attached explanatory diagram which has been produced by government illustrates how this works in practice.