Editor's message: The unprecedented global spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) means that the focus on sickness absence and sick pay is greater than ever - employers now also have to deal with employees who have to self-isolate to prevent infection or contamination.
The Government has introduced measures to address this. From 13 March 2020, (or 16 April 2020 in relation to employees who are shielding) employees who:
are deemed to be incapable of work and are therefore entitled to statutory sick pay (provided that they otherwise qualify).
Statutory sick pay will also be payable from day one (rather than day four) where an employee is unable to work due to coronavirus.
Noelle Murphy, senior HR practice editor
Employers are being asked to "play their part" in the NHS test and trace service by encouraging workers to comply with requests to self-isolate and to support them while they are in isolation. Jo Broadbent, Counsel Knowledge Lawyer at Hogan Lovells, explores some of the legal and practical issues for employers of the test and trace service.
Updated to reflect the position of employees who have been notified of contact with someone with coronavirus (COVID-19), and SSP entitlement, effective from 28 May 2020.
Employers are now able to recover any coronavirus-related statutory sick pay (SSP), with HM Revenue & Customs accepting applications from today.
Updated to take account of the addition of a loss of sense of taste or smell to the symptoms that should trigger self-isolation.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to sickness absence and sick pay.