When Are Employees Entitled To SSP?Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 7 April 2020
The Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Suspension of Waiting Days and General Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 which came into force on 28 March 2020 provide that an employee is only entitled to SSP if:
- they have a symptom of Covid-19; or
- someone in their household has a symptom of Covid-19 and they are isolating as a precautionary measure.
This amends the previous, wider position whereby employees who were isolating on the advice of the Public Health Agency were “deemed incapable of work” for SSP purpose.
Therefore, an employee who is self-isolating would now only be entitled to SSP if they have a symptom of Covid-19 or someone in their household has a symptom.
If you have any queries regarding what pay an employee is entitled to, we recommend that you obtain specific legal advice.
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