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On Budget Day Mr Sunak revealed new measures to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, meaning statutory sick pay (SSP) will be extended to all of those who are eligible and asked to self-isolate, even if they are not showing symptoms.
Please read our customer FAQs to find out how this will affect employers:
If your employee has been advised by Public Health to self-isolate because they fall into one of the below categories, they will be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay, which is currently £94.25 per week.
If your employee chooses to self-isolate as a precaution but does not fall into one of the above categories, they can take this time either as holiday or unpaid leave.
The Government have announced that they will reimburse SSP (currently a flat rate of £94.25 per week) for a period of 14 days for small businesses. Sickness unrelated to coronavirus will follow the usual rules and will not be reimbursed by the government.
If you request that your employee doesn't attend work (either as a precaution or due to a member of the family falling ill with coronavirus or coronavirus like symptoms), the employee should be paid their full standard salary.
If your employee is pregnant and self isolating as a result, our HR advisors strongly recommend that you pay your employee's full pay during this time. However, this is still a very grey area, and we can appreciate the financial burden this may have, so therefore SSP can be paid instead. Once we have more confirmation on this subject we will update this page accordingly.
If you are concerned about not being able to pay your tax due to coronavirus, there is now a dedicated helpline to support businesses and self-employed individuals with outstanding tax liabilities and other tax affairs - please call 0800 0159 559.
Further details on other Coronavirus measures can be found on GOV.UK.