Following the launch of the Government’s contact tracing system, employers should be prepared for the possibility of multiple employees being required to self-isolate if one employee from the workplace tests positive for Coronavirus.
This means it is vital that employers are aware of the arrangements concerning Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) and self-isolation.
Changes to the regulations that were implemented after the outbreak hit the UK mean that self-isolating employees are entitled to SSP from the first day of absence, if they cannot work from home.
Employers can claim a grant to cover the cost of SSP resulting from Coronavirus for up to two weeks per employee.
Where a self-isolating employee does not have symptoms, is otherwise fit to work and can work from home, they should continue to do so on full pay.