Matt Hancock (Health Secretary) has stated that employees who self-isolate on medical advice may be eligible for statutory sick pay (SSP) even though they are not ill.
Under current regulations, SSP is only payable if an employee is absent from work because of incapacity or because they are given a qualifying notice from a doctor. Therefore, at this time, entitlement to SSP for self-isolation may depend upon whether an employee has been given a qualifying notice from their GP.
However changes are afoot as Boris Johnson has today announced that employees are to receive SSP from the first day of absence (rather than the 4th) to help contain coronavirus and that people who self-isolate should not be “penalised for doing the right thing”.
We are yet to see the details of this new legislation to assess its impact but at the moment there is no suggestion that the change will protect those who are currently not eligible for SSP, e.g. the self-employed.
If you need any assistance dealing with the impact of self-isolation in the workplace, please contact Sarah Hall, or call 0191 232 8345.