Self-isolation for coronavirus (COVID-19)

Sick pay for self-isolation

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Staff must be paid at least Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if they cannot work because they're self-isolating for any of the following reasons:

  • they have tested positive or have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms
  • someone in their household has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19
  • they have been advised by their doctor to stay at home before going into hospital for surgery
  • they have been told to self-isolate by an NHS test and trace service, because they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive

To be eligible for SSP, they must be off work for at least 4 days in a row, including any of their usual non-working days.

They're entitled to be paid at least SSP for every day they're off work. This is different to the usual rules for SSP where the first 3 days are unpaid.

Employers might offer more than SSP – 'contractual' sick pay. Check your employment contract or workplace's policy to see if your organisation pays more than SSP.

Find out more about sick pay.

Pay for self-isolating or quarantine after travel

Employees or workers are not entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if they're in self-isolation or quarantine after travel abroad and they cannot work from home. But an employer can choose to pay them sick pay – at the same rate as SSP or a higher rate – if they want to.

Find out more about self-isolating after returning to the UK.

Support for employers

Some employers can claim back up to 2 weeks' SSP they've paid to anyone because of COVID-19.

Find out more about claiming back SSP due to COVID-19 on GOV.UK.

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