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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 for this employer? and are you a part or full time employee?
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Many thanks for your patience. The 80% wage is only applicable to employees whose employer cannot afford to pay them because of lack of work as a result of the pandemic. So this is not the position you are in and as such you cannot expect the employer to pay you 80% pay whilst you are off because you do not feel you should be in work.
If you have yourself decided not to be in work because you are worried about the virus, then you are officially treated as being off sick and you would only be entitled to sick pay, which could potentially be as low as SSP if you get no full pay sick entitlement;.
You can always ask the employer to consider moving you to a different location if possible but if they can’t and you feel you have to go off work, then you will be getting sick pay only.
I appreciate this may not be the answer you were hoping for but it is the legal position and I hope that it at least clarifies where you stand?
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