Statutory Sick Pay and Shielding

On 16 April the legislation relating to statutory sick pay (“SSP”) was amended, with retrospective effect from 13 March, so that a person will be deemed incapable of work for a reason related to coronavirus, and so entitled to SSP, when they are isolating themselves because:

  • they are defined in public health guidance as extremely vulnerable and at very high risk of severe illness from Covid-19 because of an underlying health condition and
  • they have been advised by a notification (sent to, or in respect of, them) that, in accordance with that guidance, they need to follow rigorously shielding measures for the period specified in the notification.

This is the latest in a series of legislative amendments that give effect to promises made by the Chancellor in his budget on 11 March in relation to SSP in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

For further details of the promises made by the Chancellor and the extent to which they have been implemented, click here.

For our regularly-updated wider guidance for employers on the impact of the virus outbreak, click here.