What to tell your employees?

We appreciate that you will be fielding questions from your employees.  Below is some useful information we hope will assist you.

Sick pay

An employees can get £94.25 per week Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if they’re too ill to work. It’s paid by their employer for up to 28 weeks.

 If an employee is staying at home because of COVID-19 they can now claim SSP. This includes individuals who are caring for people in the same household and therefore have been advised to do a household quarantine.

To check your sick pay entitlement, you should talk to your employer, and visit the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) page for more information.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Furloughed workers

If an employer cannot cover staff costs due to COVID-19, they may be able to access support to continue paying part of your wage, to avoid redundancies.

To qualify for this scheme, you should not undertake work for them while you are furloughed. This will allow your employer to claim a grant of up to 80% of your wage for all employment costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.

The Government intends for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to run for at least 3 months from 1 March 2020, but will extend if necessary.

For more information please click here

Benefits

Whether you are currently in or out of work, if you are on a low income and affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19, you will be able to access the full range of the welfare system, including Universal Credit.

From 6 April the Government is increasing the standard allowance in Universal Credit and the basic element in Working Tax Credit for 1 year. Both will increase by £20 per week on top of planned annual uprating. This will apply to all new and existing Universal Credit claimants and to existing Working Tax Credit claimants.

People may now able to claim Universal Credit if they:

  • Have COVID-19 or are staying at home
  • If you are self employed
  • If you need support for rent costs

There have been changes made to how Universal Credit is calculated and authorised to ease the application process.

For more information please click here

Holidays booked by employees during the current COVID-19 crisis

The Government has amended regulations so that up to 4 weeks annual leave may be carried forward for those key workers who are unable to take their annual leave due to the current Coronavirus crisis.

For the full press release please click here.

How can we help the fight against COVID-19

The NHS are looking for volunteers to help.  Members of the public can sign up quickly and easily at goodsamapp.org/NHS to become a NHS Volunteer Responder and can be called on to do simple but vital tasks such as:

  • delivering medicines from pharmacies;
  • driving patients to appointments;
  • bringing them home from hospital;
  • or making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home.

NHS Volunteer Responders is not intended to replace local groups helping their vulnerable neighbours but is an additional service provided by the NHS.

For more information or to sign up please click here

Other Frequently Asked Questions

The Government is regularly updating their website to include frequently asked questions by employees and individuals.  

To see the Gov.uk website please click here.

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