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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.
Can I just check, are you a full or part time employee?
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Many thanks for your patience. The Government’s scheme called “The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme” is in place to help employers meet wage demands whilst they have no work for their employees and would otherwise have to lay them off unpaid for a period of time or make them redundant.
The Scheme is not there to cover employees who are self-isolating, regardless of whether they are doing that as a precaution because they fall within an at risk group, or due to personal preference. Those employees would be officially consider ‘off sick’ and only entitled to sick pay, as per their contractual entitlements. If the company does not provide enhanced sick pay, it could mean they only get Statutory Sick Pay only, which is currently paid from day one of absence at a rate of £94.25 per week.
Does this answer your query?
It’s a shame everyone else is furloughed and he is not but this is mote of an ethically questionable decision rather than a legal one. Does this clarify things a bit more for you?
All the best
Not sure what you are referring to…