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Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. I may also need to ask some questions to determine the legal position.
How long have you worked there for? I will reply later today thanks
Many thanks for your patience. The employer cannot legally do this and whilst they can try and force staff to stay off work for precautionary measures, they should pay them in full rather than force them to go off on SSP. Only if someone has the recognised Covid-19 symptoms should they be forced to self-isolate and go off for 2 weeks on sick pay. However, if they do not have the official symptoms or a diagnosis they cannot be forced to go off for 2 weeks on sick pay and the employer should at the very least cover their pay for this enforced period off.
Does this answer your query?
I don’t think that is one of the official symptoms of the virus? The symptoms are listed by the NHS as follows:
· a high temperature
· a new, continuous cough
· a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
As discussed on my main response above, no it is not and even if the employer is being over-cautious by asking them not to come into work they should be paid in full
Does this clarify things a bit more for you?
First of all you need to identify what symptoms you have and make it clear that they are not Covid-19 related. If that is the case then remind the employer there is no legal basis for them to forcer you off work, but if they want to do it to eb cautious, then you need to e paid in full. Only if you have the recognised symptoms can you be forced to go off sick on SSP