What if a family member who my PA lives with has symptoms of Coronavirus. What should I do? – Updated 27/3/2020

What if a family member who my PA lives with has symptoms of Coronavirus. What should I do? – Updated 27/3/2020

If an employee or someone in their household has a new continuous cough or a high temperature, everyone in their household must self-isolate for 14 days and the employee should receive SSP for those 14 days if they earn over £118 per week. This employee can obtain an isolation note here:  https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/

Please note that statutory sick pay is referred to (SSP) throughout the following Q&A’s.

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 yours PA earns less than £118 per week, they are not eligible for SSP and it would therefore be UNPAID.

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

You could discuss a period of Annual leave with your PA, or benefits maybe available.

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

 

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

 

 

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