Coronavirus Guidance – Holidays and Sick Pay


The government has introduced a new temporary law for holiday entitlement for those unable to take their minimum statutory annual leave due to coronavirus:

  • They may have been sick
  • They may have been furloughed
  • They may have had to continue working. E.g, key workers

In many cases, it may be unreasonable or simply not possible for the employee to take all holiday entitlement before the end of the annual leave year. The new law allows the employee or worker to carry over up to 4 weeks holiday to be taken over their next 2 holiday leave years.

Regarding the remaining holiday entitlement (I.e, 1.6 weeks statutory or more if contractual allowance is higher), the employer may decide whether they will allow the remaining days to be carried over into the following leave year.

For further information relating to the changes in holiday entitlement due to the coronavirus pandemic, please visit the Government’s Guidance Page: Holiday entitlement and pay during coronavirus (COVID-19).

Sick Pay

From the 13th March 2020 employees and workers may be entitled to receive SSP (statutory sick pay) from day one of their absence from work if they are required to self-isolate due to:

  • Testing positive for coronavirus
  • Showing symptoms of coronavirus; high temperature, new continuous cough or a change in their sense of smell or taste
  • Someone in their household showing symptoms of coronavirus
  • Being told to self-isolate; by either the NSH track and trace service, a Doctor or an NHS 111 adviser
  • ‘Shielding’ due to an underlying health condition

To be eligible for SSP, paid at a rate of £95.85 per week, the employee must be earning over £120 per week.

Some employers may claim back up to two weeks SSP. See the Government Guidance on claiming back SSP due to coronavirus.

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