Get advice and support about the rising costs of doing business on the Find Business Support website.

Information on Statutory Sick Pay for businesses with employees affected by coronavirus

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


2 min read

Sick Pay Image

1. Overview

  • 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.

Get the support you need right now

You can connect with us through the contact form, call us or contact your local Business Gateway office.

You might also be interested in

Self-employed financial claims due to the coronavirus outbreak

We have produced this short guide to applying for financial support if you are self-employed and affected by the coronavirus outbreak. This advice is correct as of 16th March 2020 and will be updated, as necessary.

Actions to support your business during the current coronavirus pandemic

The impact of the coronavirus on the business community is real. It’s affecting all businesses, so you will need to take some actions to mitigate the impact on products and services and indeed the cash flow. Find Business Support now.

Support your business with a contingency plan

Businesses across Scotland are facing disruption due to the Coronavirus outbreak, so we have recorded a short online tutorial on Business Contingency Planning, to help you support your business.