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Advice from Lawgistics: Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for employees who are self-isolating

Date: Thursday 29 October 2020

Lawgistics have recently had enquiries regarding Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) with particular interest relating to employees who are self-isolating.

To qualify for SSP an employee must:

Average earnings are calculated and based on the employee’s earnings in the 8 weeks prior to their sickness.

The current rate of SSP is £95.85 per week and can be paid for up to 28 weeks in a year.

SSP must be paid from the 4th day of sickness. The 3 preceding days are known as ‘waiting days’ and SSP is not payable during this time.

However, SSP must be paid from the first day of absence if an employee is self-isolating because:

Employees will not be eligible for SSP if they are self-isolating after returning to the UK from holiday or business travel and cannot work from home unless the workplace policy states otherwise.

Some employers may decide to operate an enhanced contractual sick pay scheme, for example, by paying the employee during the 3 waiting days or paying above the current SSP rate. Details of sick pay entitlement should be included in any employment contract and/or workplace policy.