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 is 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.