Sick pay if a contact isolation but don’t work enough hours?

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Sumsmet Fri 16-Apr-21 13:27:19

My child is positive Covid. Got from secondary school. He has two brothers so they’ve all been told to self isolate too as his contacts.

They’re all ‘young’ 11 year olds and fight, there’s no way they can all be left home alone for the next 10 days of required isolation.

I’m going to have to take 10 days off work to look after them as I can’t work from home with this sort of job.
I’m on minimum wage, and only work around 8 hours a week

(it’s like a zero hours contract they give you 8 hours minimum
but sometimes you can work up to 12/28/40 as and when they require you to).

I’ve only just come off furlough and been back at work since 12th April.

I’m married, husband self employed, he earns a pittance almost bankrupt, he’s not eligible for any more government self employed help.

Would I be entitled to sick pay if I only work 8 hours a week at min wage?

Not eligible for the ‘loss of income due to isolating as a contact’ grant either. Need to work more hours than I do.

Will I just keep losing 10 days pay every time one of my children has to contact isolate??

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TomHardyAndMe Fri 16-Apr-21 13:29:58

They’re all ‘young’ 11 year olds and fight, there’s no way they can all be left home alone for the next 10 days of required isolation.

I’m going to have to take 10 days off work to look after them as I can’t work from home with this sort of job.

This isn’t optional. Very clear that all household members must isolate with a positive (LFT/PCR) case in the household.

I’m on minimum wage, and only work around 8 hours a week

So can’t be the bulk of the cash coming in? Could you use holiday?

Losttheequipment Fri 16-Apr-21 13:30:29

If you live in the same house as the positive child you are also a contact and should be self-isolating.

LIZS Fri 16-Apr-21 13:33:30

If husband earns so little why can he not look after dc?

Sumsmet Fri 16-Apr-21 13:37:11

Yes we will all be isolating. The whole family.

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Sumsmet Fri 16-Apr-21 13:38:07

@LIZS he works 40+ hours a week. The lack of earnings is due to customers not paying their invoices which has happened because of Covid/Lockdowns/etc

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Sumsmet Fri 16-Apr-21 13:38:19

He works hundreds of miles away.

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LIZS Fri 16-Apr-21 13:40:09

So it's irrelevant that your dc don't get on. If you don't meet the threshold for sick pay then you cannot claim it. But your dh may be eligible for a grant perhaps? He can use the time to chase his payments from home.

Comefromaway Fri 16-Apr-21 13:41:16

If your child is covid positive then you have to isolate.

To be eligible for SSP you have to earn on average £120 per week. The average is worked out by looking at what you earnt the 8 weeks previous.

savanahnana Fri 16-Apr-21 13:45:46

I haven't looked into what it is, but are you able to claim the isolation £500 grant?

Sumsmet Fri 16-Apr-21 13:55:51

@LIZS no he’s not eligible for the latest grant.

‘Chasing payments’ .... this is what people who don’t run a business think you do to get customers to pay invoices. Phone up and say, please pay Mr Customer. Ok Mr Supplier, your cheque is in the post.

Cheque does not arrive. Ever.

Yes, I already know we have to isolate, are people not reading the whole thread it’s not like there’s many answers to read through !

No Savannah, not eligible for the £500 grant same as the sick pay, don’t earn enough.

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Comefromaway Fri 16-Apr-21 14:00:21

I chase payments for a family run business. It's really easy top let this slip. Yes, there is always the odd client who you can't get the money out of but if you treat it as an important part of running a business and set aside time for it and have a process in place then you don't allow the debtors to pile up.

Have any of these clients been sent letters before claim for example?

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