4th May 2022


by Abigail Reynolds, Chartered Legal Executive, Employment Law

During April 2022, the Government ceased providing free lateral flow tests to individuals or employers. However, what if employers still require coronavirus testing?

If the employer has no leftover later flow tests at their disposal but require their employees to test before attending work, the employer must pay for the testing. The employer must:

  • Be prepared to pay for the tests (and should not make their employees bear the cost or deduct it from their salary);
  • Pay an employee for any time they are required to take a coronavirus test, particularly if they are asked to travel to and from a test site outside of usual working hours; and
  • Ensure that any requirements for testing do not significantly disadvantage their employees, particularly those with protected characteristics.

For further advice on coronavirus testing or other related employment law issues, please contact our employment specialists on 01945 461456.


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