What are an Employees sick pay entitlement during the Coronavirus emergency?

The Government announced the following emergency measures in the Budget on 11 March 2020:

entitlement to statutory sick pay will temporarily be extend to those who:

  1. are unable to work because they have been advised to self-isolate, even if they do not have symptoms; or
  2. are caring for others in the same household who are displaying coronavirus symptoms and have been told to self-isolate;
  3. employers with fewer than 250 employees on 28 February 2020 will be refunded two weeks’ eligible statutory sick pay costs related to coronavirus, per employee;
  4. you will have to keep sickness records but employees should not be required to provide a fit note;

The Government will introduce an alternative to the fit note, whereby employees who are advised to self-isolate will be able to get a notification from NHS 111 that can be used as evidence for their absence during the coronavirus outbreak; and the Government will set up a process for repaying statutory sick pay as soon as possible.

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