There's still confusion about what employers should be paying staff who are affected by coronavirus. 

We know you are working flat out to keep your businesses going, so here is a very simple guide to help you.  If you need more information please get in touch.

Don't forget, if you have less than 250 employees you can recover up to 14 days’ SSP per employee who was affected by coronavirus from 13 March.

SSP is currently £94.25 a week, increasing to £95.85 a week from 6 April 2020.

Why is employee absent?

 

What are they entitled to?




Employee has coronavirus (Covid-19)


Entitled to receive SSP from day 1 of absence

Employee is well but is self-isolating in line with medical advice


Entitled to receive SSP from day 1 of absence   - but also consider whether they can work from home

Employee is well but has chosen to self-isolate without medical advice


No entitlement to SSP

This could be a disciplinary matter but first consider why the employee has made this decision – they may have an underlying health condition.

Consider whether they can work from home

Employee is off sick but not because of coronavirus


Entitled to SSP but not until day 4 of the absence

SSP not refunded

Employee is well but has been told to self-isolate by their employer (and not because of medical advice)


Entitled to receive their normal pay.