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Date Posted: 04/01/2021

2021 and beyond

2021 sees in not just a New Year but exciting changes at MAS Recruitment.  Follow our news updates or our Twitter pages for press releases and updates over the coming weeks.

New career opportunities can be found in the job pages and proof of our track record of success, in the many testimonials pages we have publichsed from candidates and clients.

Our best wishes for 2021 and we look forward to being of service.


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Date Posted: 14/10/2020

COVID Self Isolation Rules

  • 14.10.20 - New self-isolation rules for workers and employers – with criminal sanctions for failing to comply

    On 28 September the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force.

    In summary the Self Isolation Regulations state that persons are now legally required to self-isolate if they have been notified by the Secretary of State, the NHS Test and Trace Service, a healthcare professional or the local authority that they have:

    • tested positive for COVID-19 pursuant to a test after 28 September; or
    • have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 after 28 September.

If an employee or an agency worker has been notified in this way, they will now be legally obliged to inform their employer/agency of their requirement to self-isolate, and provide start and end dates of the self-isolation period. Should they fail to notify their employer, and/or fail to self-isolate - without reasonable excuse, they will be committing an offence, and could  face a fine (receive a fixed penalty notice) of up to £10,000.

Agencies, clients and any other employer of the agency worker (e.g. an umbrella company) will be required to share information with each other if they are notified by the agency worker regarding self-isolation periods.

In conjunction with this,  if an employer, agency or client has been notified or has been made aware that an employee or an agency worker is required to self-isolate and allows them to continue working other than where they must self-isolate, i.e. their home/place of stay (without reasonable excuse) they will be also committing an offence under the regulations, and could be fined (receive a fixed penalty notice). Fines start at £1000 and can increase up to £10,000.                       

These regulations are currently only applicable in England.

Please ensure you keep MAS informed of your availability at all times.  Please also ensure in accordance with your written instructions, you provide MAS with any health updates as required. All travellers returning to the UK from most EU and Worldwide countries must self isolate.  There are some exemptions and you should check the gov.uk website  for travel corridors via this url -  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors


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Date Posted: 20/08/2020

COVID 19 TRACK & TRACE NHS

The NHS test and trace service:

ensures that anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can quickly be tested to find out if they have the virus, and also includes targeted asymptomatic testing of NHS and social care staff and care home residents

helps trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus and, if necessary, notifies them that they must self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of the virus

FOR MORE DETAILS FOLLOW THIS LINK;

https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Any MAS worker showing any of the coronavirus symptons should inform the NHS and where required to  take a TEST as soon as possible, as you may be expected to end your assignment for a period of 14 days.  The sooner you do the test if you have symptons, the sooner you can be given the all clear, to go back to work if your illness is not Covid 19.  Unless you are a positive test.

If it is COVID 19 you MUST NOT go to work for at least 14 days after diagnosis, or during the dates given to you by the NHS. For the purpose of SSP, your quarantine notice will be required to prove your health position and validate any claims for SSP under the current rules.


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Date Posted: 14/07/2020

BREXIT UPDATE - Worker advice (Ongoing updates subject to change)

https://www.gov.uk/staying-uk-eu-citizen

All workers and holders of an EU passport with the exception of Ireland, should use the GOV.UK website to ensure that after 31st December 2020, they are entitled to live and work in the UK by making an online application now.  Dont' leave until the end of the year as come 31st Januaray all the rules change and it is unlikely there will be any Brexit extension.

Continue to live in the UK if you're an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen

Below is an example of the questions you may need to answer?

Start again

1. Are you planning to continue living in the UK after 31 December 2020?

Yes

2. Are you a British or Irish citizen?

No

3. Are you a citizen of another EU or EEA country, or Switzerland?

Yes

4. Do you have a valid 'permanent residence document' from the UK government?

No

5. Do you have valid ‘indefinite leave to remain’ or ‘indefinite leave to enter’ status from the UK government?

No

You’ll need to apply to continue living in the UK

You’ll be able to continue living in the UK if you successfully apply:

  • to the EU Settlement Scheme
  • for British citizenship

Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

You can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to stay in the UK. You’ll get settled or pre-settled status if you’re successful.

Apply for British citizenship

You can apply for British citizenship if you’re eligible for it after you’ve got settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

If you want to apply for citizenship before then, you’ll need a permanent residence document.

You can sign up for email updates about the status of EU citizens living in the UK.

 


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Date Posted: 30/04/2020

COVID 19 TESTS

29.04.20 PM updates Source REC

  • Coronavirus tests will be made available to all essential workers in England and members of their households who are showing symptoms of coronavirus, the government has announced. 

    From tomorrow, workers will be able to book a test for themselves or members of their household who are experiencing symptoms – a high temperature or new continuous cough.

    While there is no definite list of workers that are included in the essential worker category, the government has highlighted the following as eligible:
    • NHS and care staff
    • teachers
    • hospital cleaners
    • public servants
    • the emergency services
    • supermarket staff
    • delivery drivers 
    • critical infrastructure staff 
  • MAS staff should go to book the test direct if they meet the relevant criteria.  You will need to enter some contact details and can select a home kit or a testing station visit.  It is best to do this in the morning as the number of available tests each day can get booked up.  You will then be sent a text message for further details from the gov.uk service.


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