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COVID19 FAQs

Frequently asked questions related to sick pay and pensions payments during the COVID19 pandemic

We are constantly monitoring government advice in order to give you the most up to date information in regard to sick pay and pension payments. 

Please note that you can now get an Isolation Note online at NHS 111 if a member of staff is self-isolating we will require this to support the claim.

The following Sick Pay FAQ's apply ONLY to Welplan Plus, Welplan, Clerical and Technical and TICA schemes.

PENSIONS FAQs

What if I cannot afford to keep paying employer pension contributions?

The Pensions Regulator issued a statement on Friday 20 March 2020 that it still expects all employers to continue paying pensions contributions.  However, the Pensions Regulator recognises that some Employers may have difficulty in making these payments and has asked such Employers to contact them if they are unable to pay, please see https://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/en/covid-19-an-update-for-trustees-employers-and-administrators

Employers must also not take any action which could be seen as persuading employees to opt out of the auto enrolment regime. The Trustee of the Scheme is still required to monitor all late payments into the Scheme.  

Matters are, of course, changing daily so we may need to communicate with you again if the situation changes.

I currently pay more than the statutory minimum, can I reduce employer pension contributions?

Where employers currently pay contributions in excess of those required by the auto enrolment legislation, it may be possible to reduce these for the future to minimum auto-enrolment levels.  However, employers will need to take advice as to whether there are other pension or employment law issues to consider.

SICK PAY FAQs

If a site is closed because an individual on that site has Coronavirus, are staff eligible for Welplan sick pay

This depends on the circumstances. If your workforce has had no contact with the individual concerned and are not required to self-isolate then NO they would not be eligible for sick pay.

If a site is closed for precautionary reasons but there are no people with coronavirus are staff eligible for Welplan sick pay

No. In these circumstances, sick pay is not paid.    The employer will manage such situations in line with the employment contract.  Government schemes may be available to support employers in these circumstances

I have a member of staff who’s partner/wife/husband etc has received a notification that they are in the population to be SHIELDED. The staff member wants to stay at home to minimise the risk are they eligible for Welplan sick pay?

No. They would not be eligible for Welplan Sick Pay.

The employer will manage such situations in line with the employment contract Government schemes may be available to support employers in these circumstances. For further information please see our sick pay clarification form: https://www.welplan.co.uk/employer/employee-benefits-employer-guide/sickness-and-accident-benefit-employer-info/

I have a member of staff who has received a notice from the NHS that they are in the extremely vulnerable population and need to be SHIELDED are they eligible for Welplan Sick Pay?

Yes please ensure that you complete the normal claim form (which can be found on our website) and provide a copy of the NHS notification as evidence.

If we have FURLOUGHED staff as per Government instructions are they eligible for sick pay?

No. They would not be eligible for Welplan Sick Pay.

If we have FURLOUGHED staff and they become ill are they eligible for Welplan Sick Pay?

No, as the furloughed staff is not being provided with work by the employer and is, in effect, laid off, there is no work from which to be sick from.  Details are still emerging about the Job Retention Scheme and furloughed staff, so if the position changes, our guidance will be updated accordingly.