Employees and workers must receive any Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) due to them if they need to self-isolate because;

  • They have coronavirus (COVID-19);

  • They have coronavirus symptoms, for example a high temperature or new continuous cough;

  • Someone in their household has coronavirus symptoms;

  • They've been told to self-isolate by a doctor or NHS 111;

SSP is to be paid from day 1, rather than day 4, of the employee's absence from work due to sickness or need to stay at home due to COVID-19. This will apply retrospectively from 13 March 2020.

The rate of SSP to pay to your employee's is £94.25 per week.

Only if an employee is absent from work due to COVID-19 (outlined above), can the employer reclaim all of the SSP paid for a maximum of 14 days.

If the employee's absence from work is not due to COVID-19, then normal SSP legislation applies and employers can not reclaim any amounts paid to employees.

(Please check the NHS 111 website for more advice on COVID-19 symptoms and self-isolating)

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