This is good news for employees who are self isolating. Instead of having to wait three days before qualifying for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) they will be able to claim it from their first day of absence. 

This will reduce the financial pressure to come into work and will hopefully reduce the spread of the disease. 

It's a limited benefit though.  Self employed people do not qualify for SSP and nor do those earning less than £118 a week. These people will still face the decision of self isolating on no pay or going to work and potentially putting their colleagues at risk.

This is a temporary change for the duration of the epidemic.

If you have any questions about the effect of coronavirus on your staff, do get in touch