Do I pay statutory sick pay or company sick pay to someone who is self-isolating?

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Employees should be paid SSP if they:

  • Have coronavirus
  • Are self-isolating because:
    • They have coronavirus symptoms such as a high temperature or persistent cough
    • Someone in their house has coronavirus
    • They have been told to self-isolate by NHS 111 or their doctor
  • Employees in vulnerable groups have not been advised to self-isolate, and therefore employees in those groups are not entitled to SSP.

SSP will be paid from Day 1 of their absence and if applicable, this will be applied retrospectively from 13 March

Employers with fewer than 250 employees will be able to reclaim SSP for employees unable to work because of coronavirus. This refund will be for up to 2 weeks per employee.

If the employee is sick and your company pays company sick pay and the employee is eligible then company sick pay should be paid.