From 1 April you will no longer be able to offer Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) to employees on the basis that they have been advised to shield. A new guidance regime also comes into effect on the 1st April to accompany the change for those classed as “clinically extremely vulnerable”.
Your employees in this category will receive a letter from the NHS which in summary outlines:
- From 1 April 2021 clinically extremely vulnerable people are no longer advised to shield and will no longer be eligible for SSP if in receipt of this for reasons of shielding.
- The letter offers guidance on how to remain protected as they re-enter the workplace if homeworking is not an option: gov.uk/coronavirus. (Guidance, not rules, so this can be overridden at the individual’s discretion).
- Reminds them that social distancing and roadmap rules now apply to them as they do to others and must be adhered to.
- Reminds them of the vaccine availability and also of other support which may be on offer to them.
To view a sample of the letter your employee may receive, please visit: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/970375/Clinically_extremely_vulnerable_letter__guidance_from_010421.pdf