My PA doesn’t meet the earnings threshold, therefore not eligible for SSP, but self-isolating – shall I pay SSP anyway? – updated 24/4/2020

My PA doesn’t meet the earnings threshold, therefore not eligible for SSP, but self-isolating – shall I pay SSP anyway? – updated 24/4/2020

No – If your PA is below the earnings threshold for SSP, then this would be unpaid leave, consider and/or discuss Annual Leave or benefits. More links below.

Your Personal Assistant (PA) will only be eligible to received SSP if they earn over £120 per week. If your PA hours vary – work out an average of their pay over the last 12 weeks – if this is £120 or over, they are eligible for SSP. If it is less than £120 per week, they are not eligible for SSP and it would therefore be UNPAID leave.

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

Benefits that maybe available:

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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