My PA has rang in sick, what shall I do? – Updated 27/3/2020

My PA has rang in sick, what shall I do? – Updated 27/3/2020

Please follow your usual sickness absence procedure and pay procedure, However if they have a genuine concern that it may be Coronavirus and can provide an isolation note confirming that they are suffering with flu-like symptoms then statutory sick pay can be paid (if they qualify for SSP) for 14 days. The government will reimburse the employer for the first 14 days of sick pay. The Government is yet to announce how to apply for the reimbursement of the first 14 days of SSP.

Please keep in touch with your Employer Insurance 24 hour Employment Law Advice Line for more information on the reimbursement of the first 14 days SSP.

Your PA can obtain an isolation note here:  https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/

Your Personal Assistant (PA) will only be eligible to received SSP if they earn over £118 per week. If your PA hours vary – work out an average of their pay over the last 12 weeks – if this is £118 or over, they are eligible for SSP. If it is less than £118 per week, they are not eligible for SSP and it would therefore be UNPAID.

Any changes to payroll including SSP needs to be reported to your payroll provider asap.

You can keep up to date on Gov.uk website SSP link:       https://www.gov.uk/statutory-sick-pay

 

If your PA is not eligible for SSP, please have a look at further links below of benefits that maybe available:

https://www.gov.uk/statutory-sick-pay/eligibility

Employment Support Allowance (ESA)  https://www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance

Universal Credit   https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/universal-credit

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-and-benefits

 

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