Covid-19 – Statutory Sick pay or not?

Coronavirus has taken over the headlines and has already had a significant impact on many businesses all over the world.  Travel companies have seen a fall in the number of people travelling and booking holidays.

A lot of employers are left wondering whether they need to pay their employees statutory sick pay if they are either made to or choose to self-isolate. 

The Health Minister, Matt Hancock appeared on television this morning and confirmed that  people who are in self isolation as a result of medical advice, are to be treated as being  on sick leave and if they meet the requirements, they may be eligible for statutory sick pay. 

The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020, provide that Coronavirus provides a threat to the public. Self-isolation and the measures which are contained in the regulations are there to ensure that the virus is contained and to prevent transmission to others.

If your employee is given a written notice , either by their GP or 111, to self-isolate, they are deemed in accordance with the Statutory Sick Pay

 (General ) Regulations 1982, to be incapable of work, and so will be entitled to statutory sick pay.

If, however, your employee chooses to self-isolate of their own accord and is not given written notice by a health professional, they are not entitled to statutory sick pay. 

If you would like any advice about sick pay entitlements or anything else HR or employment law related, please contact us on 0115 870 0150 or email us at 

New Statutory Rates

From the 1st April 2020, new rates for the National Minimum and living Wage come into effect. The increases will see low-paid workers earn almost a thousand pounds more a year.

These increases will be effective from 1st April 2020 when the minimum rate of pay will be increased from £8.21 to £8.72 for workers over the age of 25. This represents a 6.2 per cent increase from the current ate.

The change in National Minimum wage will rise across all age groups, including:

  • A 6.5% increase from £7.70 to £8.20 for 21-24-year-olds
  • A 4.9% increase from £6.15 to £6.45 for 18-20-year-olds
  • A 4.6% increase from £4.35 to £4.55 for Under-18s
  • A 6.4% increase from £3.90 to £4.15 for Apprentices

The National Living Wage for workers aged 25 and over will increase from £8.21 per hour to £8.72 per hour from 1st April 2020.

The following are also expected to change from 5 April 2020. SMP, SAP and SHPP are expected to increase from £148.68 to £151.20

The rate of statutory sick pay is also proposed to increase from £94.25 to £95.85 on the 6th April 2020