COVID-19: Statutory sick pay

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COVID-19: Statutory sick pay
Statutory sick pay, or SSP, is the minimum you must legally be paid if you're off sick from work.

This is currently £94.25 a week. It is paid to employees of companies, who are off sick for at least four days in a row (with the exception of coronavirus - see more about this below). If you are eligible, it’s paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks and is usually paid in the same way as your normal wages, for example, weekly or monthly.

The Government has recently announced that people who self-isolatebecause of coronavirus (COVID-19) for an official reason will get statutory sick pay. The official reasons are if you have coronavirus or if you or someone in your household has coronavirus symptoms, or if you've been told to self-isolate by a doctor or NHS 111.

Sick pay will come into effect on day one, rather than beginning on day four of being ill and will mean at least an extra £40 in employee's pockets. Some employees could get more than that if their contracts offer full pay for sick leave but that depends on the company you work for. You should be able to find out more in your employee handbook, intranet site or by asking your employer.

You don't need to show symptoms to access sick pay, or visit a doctor: evidence can be obtained by visiting

For self-isolation advice, including how long you should do it for, can be found on the NHS website:

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