Workshop activity during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Local workshop update: Our face to face workshops are changing to webinars in order to offer continued support to businesses across Scotland during the Coronavirus outbreak. If you are already booked onto a workshop your local office will be in touch to inform you of any changes. Thank you.

Information on Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for businesses with employees and affected by the Coronavirus/COVID-19

This short guide gives an outline on your obligations as an employer when it comes to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).


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  • Employees and workers must receive any Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) due to them if they need to self-isolate because:
    • They have the Coronavirus.
    • They have Coronavirus symptoms, for example a high temperature or a new continuous cough.
    • They have been told to self-isolate by a doctor or NHS 111.
  • People who cannot work due to the coronavirus and are eligible for Statutory Sick Pay will get it from day one, rather than from the fourth day of their illness.
  • Statutory Sick Pay will be payable to people who are staying at home on Government advice, not just those who are infected – employers are urged to use their discretion about what evidence, if any, they ask for.
  • If employees need to provide evidence to their employer that they need to stay at home due to the coronavirus, they will be able to get it from the NHS 111 Online instead of having to get a fit note from their doctor – currently under development and will be made available soon.
  • If an employee is not sick but their employer tells them not to come to work, they should get their usual pay.

Further information:-

Coronavirus: advice for employers and employees.

Coronavirus support for employees, benefit claimants and businesses.

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