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Self isolation and SSP

Could someone clarify the procedure for me?

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Hi all

So I think I get the basics of the SSP/self isolation concept.  What I'm struggling with is what to do if the self isolation is entirely voluntary (so for a client with a compromised immune system for example who perhaps lives alone, has no symptoms, but can't risk getting ill).  As I read the rules, they can take sick leave and get SSP throughout (up to the 28 week maximum) and their employer can reclaim the first two weeks at a later date when the government sort things out their end.

But the guidance also says they need to provide a self isolation note to their employer and that this can be found on the NHS 111 site.  BUT if you try and generate one you first declare you have been told by NHS guidance to self isolate (which they have), then have to say either I have symptoms or someone in my house does, there is no option for 'I've no reason to think I have it, but I can't risk getting it'.

So what do such people do?  As I understand the situation in my case, the isolation will last longer than 2 weeks, in fact we don't know when they will be allowed to risk venturing out.  Is a sick note compulsory or can the employer waive the need for one if they wish?

Not my area this even in normal times as you might tell.

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By GW
31st Mar 2020 10:43

I think this is another case where you need to refer to the regulations that haven't been written yet.

Given the guidance is for employers to use their discression over evidence, I wouldn't be too worried provided there is some evidence the employee should be isolating. As the self isolation note is generated by answering questions with no check the answers are correct, it is effectively self-certification, so I would expect some form of written declaration would suffice.

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By Duggimon
31st Mar 2020 10:53

Are you sure that if the employer looked really carefully that they couldn't discover that, despite remaining open throughout the crisis, there was a slight downturn in trade resulting in one member of staff becoming redundant for a period of around 12 weeks?

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By Constantly Confused
31st Mar 2020 11:56

The thought crossed my mind too... they seemed reluctant for some reason, not sure if there is some politics to this, but I think I need to suggest it again. Just wanted to make sure I knew the SSP position before I called, though I don't think that will be possible :)

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By TaxableBen
01st Apr 2020 10:38

Surely the extract below answers your query...

Employees who are shielding in line with public health guidance can be placed on furlough. From:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus...

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By Constantly Confused
03rd Apr 2020 09:56

TaxableBen wrote:

Surely the extract below answers your query...

Employees who are shielding in line with public health guidance can be placed on furlough. From:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus...

There are a few triggers in your post, but I'm just going to breeze right past them as these are Trying Times and say thanks for your help.

In case anyone wants to know, the client is considering furloughing but may not be able to justify it, we'll have to see.

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