Making the announcement in Prime Minister’s Question Time last week, Johnson has stated that employees who self-isolate due to illness should not be ‘penalised for doing the right thing’. He therefore confirmed that, as part of emergency coronavirus legislation, SSP payments will be brought forward to day one of the illness, resulting in an extra payment per person. The aim is that this will incentivise people to stay away from work if they could potentially have been exposed to the virus and help slow down its spreading.
Although it is yet to be confirmed when this would come into law, and exact details are yet to be seen, organisations should not expect a long wait. With the coronavirus situation still developing, it is essential that they are ready to implement these changes as and when they are introduced.
Current SSP rates are set at £94.25 per week and are set to increase to £95.85 from 6 April 2020.