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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? Please note I am mobile today so may not be able to reply until later today thanks
Many thanks for your patience. Does the contract guarantee the mentioned sick pay or is it stated to be at the employer’s discretion?
And why are you self isolating? Why does the GP think you should be doing it?
Thank you. The current guidance is that anyone who has symptoms or has been advised to self-isolate by a doctor or 111, they should be treated as being off on sick leave and the usual sick pay rules would apply. The minimum anyone would get would be SSP, but if you have contractually guaranteed sick pay under contract, you can expect that to be honoured instead. The employer could rely on their discretion not to pay company sic pay only if there is a clause saying it is payable at their discretion.
These are uncertain times, with a lot of confusion and often conflicting information. The employer may simply be misinformed but you can still negotiate with them and request full pay as per contract. If they refuse, it is going to be a case of going to the Employment Tribunal to pursue them for the missing pay so it is up to you whether you want to take it that far. Consider a grievance first though as that is the accepted procedure to challenge them.
Does this answer your query?
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