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Paying SSP during the COVID-19 outbreak

March 20, 2020 by JSO

Paying Statutory Sick Pay during the COVID-19 outbreak

 We do hope that all of our clients and their employees remain well but please find below a few key points which you may find helpful:

For employees who have to self-isolate due to Coronavirus, the government has announced that SSP is payable if employees are required to self-isolate with effect from 13th March 2020.  It is important to note that employees must provide the relevant form, which can be found at NHS111 online:


They must not visit or request this from their GP surgery or call NHS111.

Until the government has passed the emergency legislation which will enable SSP to be paid from Day 1 of a period of illness due to Coronavirus or self-isolation, the current rules regarding SSP remain that payment will start from Day 4.

Once the legislation has been passed, SSP might be able to be claimed retrospectively from Day 1.

The system for reclaiming any SSP that you have to pay for employees diagnosed with or self-isolating due to Coronavirus is not yet in place, but you will be able to make the claim once this is established if you have less than 250 employees.

You will not be able to pay SSP and claim it back for an employee who chooses to stay at home rather than having sought government advice and has the isolation note as above.

SSP will continue to be paid from Day 4 as before for illnesses other than Coronavirus.

Please visit the current guidelines if you need further information:





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