Published On: Thu, Mar 26th, 2020

Self isolation and wages: What will you be paid if you have to self-isolate? | Personal Finance | Finance

This is active as of March 13 and is part of a series of financial relief measures from the Government.

Michael Redston, Employment Law Solicitor at Aaron & Partners, said: “Those self-isolating will be paid Statutory Sick Pay (‘SSP’) from day 1 of the self-isolation, as long as the reason for isolation is in line with government and Public Health England guidance.

“Some employment contracts allow for contractual sick pay, over and above SSP, often providing full pay.

“Usually, an employee can self-certify sickness absence and so no medical ‘Fit Note’ is required for the first 7 days.

“This still applies, but if you are self-isolating for longer than a week (current guidance is to self-isolate for 14 days if a member of your household displays coronavirus symptoms) then your employer would usually expect medical evidence for your absence.

“You can now obtain a ‘self-isolation’ note from the NHS111 website as evidence (

“Advice is not to go to a doctor or hospital unless your symptoms are severe and you are having trouble breathing, so these online notes are simplifying the process.”

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