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What do I pay an employee who is self-isolating? Coronavirus employment news

In light of the increasing number of covid-19 cases in the UK, and increasing number of people with symptoms who are self-isolating whilst waiting for a text result, or are doing so on advice from the NHS, many employers are once again asking “what do I pay an employee who is self-isolating?”.

In this episode of the podcast I answer this common question for employers and employees, as well as tackling other employment issues.

In this episode I cover:

  1. When does an employee have to self-isolate?
  2. When Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) becomes payable to employees who are self-isolating?
  3. What the covid/coronavirus SSP changes are?
  4. Why employers need to ensure employees are encouraged to follow the rules and self-isolate when notified that they should.
  5. Possible new penalties for employers who actively encourage employees to work or who ‘punish’ employees who self-isolate when required to.
  6. Update on the Job Retention Bonus scheme which is payable in February 2021 at £1,000 per employee previously furloughed.
  7. Reminder that the furlough scheme will be coming to an end on the 31st October 2020.
  8. Why it is important to ensure that you are planning ahead and making changes or reductions in the workforce before the end of October.

Helpful Links

Coronavirus Guidance for Employers: How to deal with the coronavirus as an employer in the UK?

In this video we address many of the questions that have arisen with employers and how to deal with the coronavirus as an employer. How the coronavirus will …

When to self-isolate and what to do – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Examples of close contact include: close face to face contact (under 1 metre) for any length of time – including talking to them or coughing on them being within 1 to 2 metres of each other for more than 15 minutes – including travelling in a small vehicle spending lots of time in your home, such as cleaning it

Job Retention Bonus

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, presented his ‘Plan for Jobs’ to Parliament on Wednesday 8 July 2020 outlining how the government will support the UK’s economic recovery while continuing to prioritise people’s health.


Redundancy Documents For Employers - DIY Legal DocumentsDIY Redundancy Documents

Available to purchase now, all of the letters and documents you need, including guidance, to complete a redundancy process. It is available to download directly from this website for £100 plus VAT (£120).

Within this toolkit you will find everything that you need to undertake a redundancy process including:

  • Redundancy plan – step by step guide
  • Timetable to use – collective consultation and non-collective consultation versions
  • Letter warning employees of redundancy situation
  • First letter to employee representatives re proposed redundancies
  • Letter to employees requesting volunteers for redundancy
  • Letter to employee representatives with details of collective consultation process
  • Ballot paper for election of employee representatives
  • Nomination form for employee representatives
  • Notice to employees with outcome of the elections
  • Notice to employees re Employee representative elections
  • Letter follow up on individual meeting
  • Letter offer of alternative employment
  • Letter to individual employees – provisional selection for redundancy
  • Letter to individual employees confirming dismissal for redundancy
  • Example Redundancy selection criteria

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For more information or to access specific advice please contact us on 01983 897003 or by email: alison@realemploymentlawadvice.co.uk

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As part of our HR Harbour annual subscription service for employers we provide guidance and training for employers, supervisors and managers. If you would like to know more about the HR Harbour Service and how you can get unlimited support from as little as £198 per month please contact me for a no obligation discussion – alison@realemploymentlawadvice.co.uk or you can find full details here: HR Harbour

Don’t forget you can contact us by telephone 01983 897003, 01722 653001 or 023 8098 2006


The information contained in this Podcast and post is provided for guidance and is a snapshot of the law at the time. It is provided for your information only and should not be used as a substitute for obtaining legal advice that it specific to your particular circumstances.

The guidance should not be relied upon in any decision making process. It is strongly recommended that you seek advice before taking action.

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