There have been four changes to SSP:
- SSP is now payable from day one of sickness
- The first 14 days of SSP are reclaimable from the government
- Employees who are not sick but who are isolating in line with public health England/Wales advice are entitled to SSP
- Employees can provide an isolation note, available from NHS 111 as opposed to a fit note from the doctor.
SSP has been extended to those employees who have been told to self-isolate under the new track and trace system. This is where a person has been notified that they have been in contact with a person with COVID-19 and therefore must self-isolate for 14 days, they will be entitled to be paid SSP.
Coronavirus Act 2020