Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 or those who are unable to work because they are self-isolating are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) from Day 1.
Benefit—SSP will be payable from day 1 at £94.25 per week for those off-work.
Those (including company directors) unable to work because they have been sick with COVID-19, or are self-isolating, or been advised to be in quarantine.
Earning an average of at least £118 per week.
Contractors working through an Umbrella company are legally entitled to SSP.
How to Claim:
Inform employer as soon as possible.
If evidence is required by an employer after 7 days (Employer CANNOT ask for a fit not for up to 7 days). those with symptoms of coronavirus can get an isolation note from NHS 111 online and; those who live with someone that has symptoms can get a note from the NHS website.
Who are NOT Eligible?
Employees earning below Lower Earning Limit of £118 per week.
SSP for Employers:
Small and Medium sized businesses (SME’s) and employers can reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid to employees for sickness absence due to COVID-19.
Employer can reclaim expenditure for any employee who has claimed SSP (due to being off work because of COVID-19) for up to 2 weeks SSP per eligible employee.
UK based businesses with fewer than 250 employees as of 28th February 2020.
How to Claim:
Employers should maintain records of staff absences and payments of SSP but employees will not need to provide a GP fit note.
Government to set up the repayment mechanism for employers as soon as possible (reclaim disbursements to start by end of April 2020 -TBC). Applicable from 13th March 2020 on wards.
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