HMRC has updated its guidance in respect of self-isolation and the eligibility for SSP during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If an employee cannot work because of COVID-19, they could get SSP if they are self-isolating because:
- Your employee or someone they live with has coronavirus symptoms or has tested positive for coronavirus
- They have been notified by the NHS or public health authorities that they’ve been in contact with someone with coronavirus
- someone in their ‘support bubble’ (or ‘extended household’ if they live in Scotland or Wales) has coronavirus symptoms or has tested positive for coronavirus
- They have been advised by a doctor or healthcare professional to self-isolate before going into hospital for surgery
An employee could also get SSP if they have been advised to take extra precautions because they are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus known as ‘shielding’.
More details can be found here.