During the COVID-19 outbreak, employers and employees are naturally becoming concerned about the impact it will have on their incomes. How will statutory sick pay be affected and implemented?
The Chancellor has set out a list of measures designed to support people and public services during this time.
The support and measures offered to businesses include:
HMRC are constantly updating this web page with new information as they decide on the next measures of support.
With regards to sick pay, employees who follow advice and stay at home but cannot continue their work from home will be eligible for statutory sick pay, even if they are not sick.
They are eligible if they:
Those ineligible for statutory sick pay, including those earning less than an average of £118 per week or self-employed people, will be able to claim Universal Credit and or contributory Employment and Support Allowance.
As an employer, it is crucial to be informed and aware of the official advice. If an employee needs time off work to look after someone they are entitled to do so for a ‘dependent’ in an unexpected event or emergency, including the outbreak of COVID 19. This maybe particularly relevant for those with children (if the schools close) or those with relatives with symptoms of the virus.
While there is no statutory pay for this time off, some employers may decide to offer pay.
The Scottish government has announced £320 million of assistance to Scottish businesses and steps to support them in 2020-2021. They have directed support at the tourism and hospitality sectors in particular and have stated that all rates payers will benefit from relief.
There will be:
A free helpline has been set up by the Scottish Government for people who do not have symptoms but are looking for general advice: 0800 028 2816.
For concerns about being able to pay your tax due to COVID-19, call HMRC’s dedicated helpline on 0800 0159 559.
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