Reward Strategy magazine recently published updated guidance on Statutory Sick Pay where an employee is shielding. The original guidance was misleading and Gov has now clarified the position.
Generally shielding has been paused at a national level and employees who were previously shielding can go to work as long as the workplace is Covid secure but if possible they should work from home.
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. from the first qualifying day if both of the following apply:
- where an employee lives or works in an area with local restrictions in place, including advice to ‘shield’ (meaning to take extra precautions to minimise their contact with others)
- they have been advised to shield because they are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus.
Furthermore from 6 July onwards if an employee is in a support bubble and begins to display symptoms of Covid-19, the employer must pay SSP from the first qualifying day of absence (the waiting days are suspended for Covid 19 sickness) providing they are sick for four or more consecutive calendar days.