We have had a few queries around the 80% of workers wages being covered by the government and just to confirm that this applies where a company is considering closing or laying off employees and is called the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme does not apply to self isolation or any other sickness related absence, this is covered by SSP (Statutory Sick Pay).

Please see Government link below for more information.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses#support-for-businesses-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme