Coronavirus has become a pandemic it is becoming a growing concern for the world. The UK government have set a guidance on Coronavirus (Covid-19), but we are here to answer a few questions that you might have.
The UK 2020 budget has been set and there have been a few changes, this includes a temporary change to the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).
If you believe you have symptoms of COVID-19, even mild, please stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days. From the 13th of March 2020, individuals who have been advised to self-isolate will be covered by SSP.
The current rate is £94.25 each week but this increases to £95.85 from the 6th April 2020.
SSP will be payable from the first day rather than the fourth day for affected individuals. This includes individuals who are not ill but unable to work due to self-isolation.
You do not need a note from your GP or Doctors regarding COVID-19. Instead, you’ll be able to obtain one from NHS 111 if you require a note.
If you are an individual who is not eligible for SSP, for example if you are self employed or someone earning below the lower earning limit (£118 per week or £512 per month), you can make a claim for Universal Credit or Contributory Employment and Support Allowance.
If you are a small or medium sized business or employer (less than 250 employees), the government intend to fund your extra costs related to Covid-19 SSP. This includes refunds for business who have employees who have claimed SSP due to Covid-19. Employers are still asked to record absences. However, there is no need to obtain a GP or Doctors fit note, instead one can be obtained from NHS 111.
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