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Many employees are concerned about their pay position, should they either get the virus or have had come in contact with a carrier. Employers are also seeking advice about how they deal with such absences. 

The workplace's usual sick leave and pay entitlements apply if someone has coronavirus.

Employees should let their employer know as soon as possible if they're not able to go to work.

The employer might need to make allowances if their workplace sickness policy requires evidence from the employee. For example, the employee might not be able to get a sick note (‘fit note’) if they’ve been told to self-isolate for 14 days.

Where an employee is not sick but has been advised to self-isolate because they may have been in contact with a carrier , in this case there is no legal ('statutory') right to pay if someone is not sick but cannot work because they:
• have been told by a medical expert to self-isolate
• have had to go into quarantine
• are abroad in an affected area and are not allowed to travel back to the UK

However it would be good practice, and good for employee/employer relations for the employer to treat it as sick leave and follow their usual sick pay policy or agree for the time to be taken as holiday. Otherwise there's a risk the employee will come to work because they want to get paid. They could then spread the virus, if they have it.
If an employee is not sick but their employer tells them not to come to work, they should get their usual pay. For example, if someone has returned from an affected area and their employer asks them not to come in.

If you need any employment advice on sickness absence or other issues, please contact our employment team or Julie directly at Julie.leonard@edwardsandcompany.co.uk


 

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