In the UK can employees use sick leave or other time off for Covid-19?


Antonia Cowdry
24 Mar 2020

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  • 13 May 2020
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    Yes - and your employer is obliged to pay you statutory sick pay for up to 28 weeks. An 'isolation note' can be obtained via NHS 111 rather than claiming a sick note from your GP after 7 days of absence. Statutory paid holiday still applies during Covid-19 and carries over as a result of new legislation into the next 2 holiday leave years if necessary. https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus/using-ho… https://www.gov.uk/guidance/guidance-and-sup…


    Alex Westenberger
    The Senate

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