Who is entitled to receive SSP?
Employees will be entitled to receive statutory sick pay (SSP) if they need to self-isolate due to:
- having coronavirus;
- having symptoms of coronavirus;
- someone in their household having coronavirus; and
- being advised to self-isolate by a medical professional.
If someone is experiencing symptoms, all members of their household must self-isolate for 14 days. Individuals who live alone must self-isolate for 7 days.
Anyone who is self-isolating may need to get an isolation note to give to their employer. A note is not legally required for the first 7 days of absence. After this, employers may use their discretion around the need for medical evidence.
If you are self-isolating because someone in your household has symptoms follow this link to get an isolation note online:
If you are self-isolating because you have coronavirus symptoms follow this link to get an isolation note online:
How much SSP to pay?
The normal qualifying rules for SSP will apply. An employee will be entitled to SSP if they:
- have done some work under their contract; and
- have average weekly earnings of £118 per week (19/20 tax year), increasing to £120 per week from 6 April 2020.
SSP will be paid from the first day of absence for anyone self-isolating due to coronavirus from 13 March 2020. SSP rates are as follows:
- £94.25 per week for 19/20 tax year; and
- £95.85 per week for 20/21 tax year.
Employees who are absent due to any other form of sickness will be entitled to SSP in the usual way
Reclaim of SSP
The government is allowing small and medium sized employers to reclaim SSP paid for sickness due to coronavirus for absences up to two weeks of SSP per employee. This will be backdated to 13 March 2020. This reclaim will not be through the usual monthly or quarterly payments of PAYE to HMRC. Details of the mechanism for repayment will be announced by HMRC in due course.
Not entitled to SSP
If you are self-employed or otherwise not eligible for SSP you are able to claim Universal Credit or Employment Support Allowance: https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus/