If an employee is advised to self-isolate to avoid the risk of spreading coronavirus, are they entitled to sick pay?

Employees who stay at home in accordance with government guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) have previously been entitled to statutory sick pay (SSP), even if they are not ill.

The requirement to self-isolate has been removed in England from 24 February 2022 and Wales from 28 March 2022, and replaced by guidance. Elsewhere in the UK, the requirement to self-isolate continues to apply after a positive test or, in some cases, close contact with someone who tests positive.

As a result of the removal of the requirement to self-isolate, entitlement to SSP has reverted to the pre-pandemic rules from 24 March 2022 (ie it depends on incapacity for work).