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Government clarifies SSP rules

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed that shielding is still grounds for payment of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) in areas where a local lockdown is being imposed. 

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Shielding has now been paused
Shielding has now been paused

Reward Strategy previously reported that shielding was no longer a valid reason for SSP as of August 1, but conflicting government guidance led for this to be clarified.

 

Shielding has now been paused at a national level and guidance for employees who fall into this category has been amended, which means:

  • They do not need to follow previous shielding advice;
  • Employees can go to work as long as the workplace is Covid-secure, but should carry on working from home wherever possible;
  • Employees should continue to wash hands carefully and more frequently than usual and that frequently touched areas in the home and/or workspace are maintained by thorough cleaning.

However, those shielding because of a local lockdown are still eligible for SSP.

 

More recently, the government added an additional reason for payment of SSP from day one of absence, as opposed to day four:

 

Where someone in an employee’s support bubble starts displaying COVID-19 symptoms, employers must pay SSP from the first qualifying day that they are absent from work. They must be off for a minimum of four days in a row, but waiting days do not need to be served prior to payment. This will be applicable for absences commencing from July 6 2020 onwards.

 

SSP is payable from day one of absence for employees who self-isolated from March 13 2020, for those who shielded on or after April 16 2020 and for employees contacted via test and trace from May 28 2020 onwards.

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