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Test and Trace – are you entitled to sick pay?

The government has launched the long-awaited test and trace service today, 28 May 2020. This service allows anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus to be tested and if positive the individual and their household members must self-isolate, together with anyone who has been in close contact with that individual.

This new service will undoubtedly give rise to more employees having to self-isolate despite not showing symptoms.

What can employers do in these circumstances?

  1. Allow employees to work from home, if they remain well and it is practicable for them to do so.
  2. If employees cannot work from home, try and find alternative work that can be undertaken whilst they are self-isolating at home.
  3. Alternatively, pay statutory sick pay; employees in self-isolation are entitled to statutory sick pay for every day they are in isolation. Employees may wish to use outstanding holiday as an alternative to statutory sick pay.

Employers should ensure that employees are aware of the test and trace system and encourage employees to comply with any notifications to self-isolate and provide support whilst in isolation.

This does not replace the risk assessment that employers will need to undertake to protect the health and safety of its employees. Further details are set out in this briefing.

If you have any questions, please contact Sejal Raja on


This briefing is for guidance purposes only. RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever for any action taken or not taken in relation to this note and recommends that appropriate legal advice be taken having regard to a client's own particular circumstances.

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