Impact of Track Trace SSP and Employer Pays 20% Furlough Pay
Two points to note:
What happens if you are working and you are told to self isolate?
If you are able to work from home or are already working from home then normal pay can continue.
If you are unable to work from home e.g. you work in a supermarket, you will be required to take sick leave:
If you are already furloughed and told to self isolate:
Your employer cannot claim furlough pay and SSP for the same period. They will either continue with furlough for you or they will move you to SSP (which could be lower than furlough pay).
Most employers are likely to continue with claiming and paying furlough pay.
When we move into August, some employers may be faced with option a) Furlough pay or b) Move you to SSP – it could literally be a ‘numbers’ game but the employer would then be forced to take you on back at work after you ‘sickness period’ is over.
This is when it gets difficult for employers that have no trade or income but they must pay 20% furlough pay, national insurance and pension contributions from August. We expect a significant rise in redundancies and unemployment from August. Is this a government strategy? Paying unemployment benefits may be cheaper overall than paying furlough pay for the government? Cynics that we are.