Those who follow advice to stay at home and who cannot
work as a result will be eligible for statutory sick pay (SSP), even if they
are not themselves sick.
Anyone not eligible to receive sick pay, including those earning less than an average of £118 per week, some of those working in the gig economy, or self-employed people, is able to claim Universal Credit and or contributory Employment and Support Allowance.
Following the government advice and staying at home
will entitle the employee to £94.25 per week SSP regardless if they’re sick or
not, providing they meet the average weekly earnings threshold of £118.
SME’s will be
able to claim up to two weeks SSP expenditure per employee who has been absent
from work because of COVID-19. Employers
qualify as an SME if they have fewer than 250 employees as of 28th
February 2020 and should maintain records of staff absences. Employees returning to work after COVID-19 do
not need to produce a return to work fit note from their GP, lessening the
strain on the NHS.
The eligible period for the refund scheme will come into force the day after the regulations are approved and Government will be working with businesses in the coming months to help set up repayment mechanisms.
Read our blog – When does Statutory Sick Pay apply?