The government has said on it’s website ‘You cannot get SSP if you’re self-isolating after entering or returning to the UK and do not need to self-isolate for any other reason’
This is going to lead to difficult times for many who need to get back to work and are unable to work from home. Many employees will now be forced to either try and use any remaining holiday allowance or take the time off as unpaid.
It comes as the Foreign Office changed its advice to warn against all but essential travel to mainland Spain, and the entire country was taken off the coronavirus ‘safe list’ of places where no quarantine is necessary.
It is possible that quarantine rules for other countries could be changed at short notice too.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab yesterday called on employers to be understanding if they had staff facing this issue. He told Sophy Ridge: ‘We are changing the rules – the law is changed in relation to holidaymakers and travellers – and of course we expect employers show those employees who will have to quarantine because of the law the flexibility they need.
‘If someone is following the law in relation to quarantine and self-isolating the way they should, they can’t have penalties taken against them.’ There are some circumstances where you can claim statutory sick pay because you are self-isolating.