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Shielding employees no longer eligible for SSP

Shielding is no longer a valid reason for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), the government has announced. 

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Shielding has now been paused
Shielding has now been paused

The change came into effect this month, on August 1, for those employees who had based the need to shield on government advice.

 

During the peak of the pandemic, those employees who were at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 were advised by health professionals and the government to shield and stay at home.

 

For those who could not work from home, legislation was amended so that employers could process SSP for this period with shielding being a valid reason.

 

Shielding has now been paused 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.

The government advises employers to support employees on a safe transition back to work, if they are unable to work from home.

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