Local lockdown guidance – SSP for shielding

11 September 2020

As guidance relating to the payment of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for individuals that are shielding maintains that, although payment for this has been paused on a national level, it is still payable for those who are shielding in an area where local lockdown has been imposed, the CIPP wanted to alert members to guidance that confirms which areas have been placed in local lockdown, and the dates that it was in place for.

The advice is that if someone who is shielding is unable to work from home, or at a location outside of the lockdown area then they may be entitled to SSP from their employer, due to the fact that they cannot work because they are shielding.

The page ‘Local restrictions: areas with an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19)’ will help payroll professionals in establishing if SSP is payable to certain employees in certain areas, and the dates that it can be paid for. Payment of SSP for shielding on a national level was paused from 1 August 2020, so payroll teams need to be aware of this, and be particularly cautions when paying SSP for shielding after this date.


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