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COVID-19 Sick Pay Updates for Welplan Employee Benefit Schemes

Frequently asked questions related to sick pay and other employee benefits provided by Welpan

As the situation with Covid-19 continues to develop, the policy in relation to the payment of sick pay from the Welplan Sickness & Accident Benefit Schemes has been reviewed. The FAQs below provide you with the details of when you can submit a COVID related claim to one of the schemes. These rules come into force from 1 January 2021. The employee benefit schemes administered by Welplan Ltd. are operated as discretionary trusts and as such decisions on the payment of benefits are made independently to the criteria relating to the payment of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

If you need assistance please contact the team via welfare@welplan.co.uk or on 0800 195 8080.

 

Information up-to-date as of: 08/01/2021

Welplan Employee Benefit Schemes - including BESA National Agreement, Welplan Plus and Clerical and Technical schemes.

1. Can I claim sick pay for someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

YES - SICK PAY WILL BE PAID

Standard waiting days will apply.

All claims must be supported by a valid Positive Test notification.  This can be a copy of an email or text message.  This is required from the first day for which the claim is being made.

This will be valid for the recommended period of self-isolation (10 days as at January 1, 2021).

The normal claim form must be used.

2. What do I need to do if a member of staff continues to be unwell after the initial 10 days following a positive test?

If a member of staff continues to be ill beyond the recommended isolation period of 10 days, then please notify us normal and provide a NHS111 Self Isolation Note or FIT Note if available. Note that NHS111 Self Isolation Notes are only for 10 days and you will need to renew if the member of staff remains unwell.

3. Can I claim sick pay for someone who has symptoms of COVID-19, but has not been tested?

NO. Sick pay claims will only be paid when supported by a valid Positive Test notification. This can be a copy of an email or text message.  This is required from the first day for which the claim is being made.

4. If someone is self-isolating because Test and Trace has told them to, or a member of their household/bubble has symptoms, can I claim sick pay?

Only 1 claim in a calendar year will be paid for self-isolation in these circumstances.

A period of maximum 10 days as per current government guidelines.

Standard waiting days will apply.

The claim must be supported by a NHS111 Self Isolation Certificate or a Test & Trace Notification where relevant.

The normal claim form must be used.

5. Can I claim sick pay for a member of staff who has been notified by the NHS, or their GP, that they are deemed Critically Extremely Vulnerable?

NO. In this situation, you should manage in line with the employment contract.  Government Schemes, including Job Retention Scheme, may be available to support employers in these circumstances.

6. Can I claim sick pay for someone who chooses to self-isolate even though they don’t have to?  

NO. In this situation, you should manage in line with the employment contract.  Government Schemes, including Job Retention Scheme, may be available to support employers in these circumstances. 

7. Can I claim sick pay for someone who has to stay home to care for children due to school closure?

NO. In this situation, you should manage in line with the employment contract.  Government Schemes, including Job Retention Scheme, may be available to support employers in these circumstances. 

8. What happens if I furlough staff?

Please inform Welplan when you put a member of staff on furlough.   Whilst they are on furlough, the contribution will be reduced and only cover the Welplan Death Benefit Scheme. Whilst a member of staff is on furlough, they will not be eligible for lump sum benefits in relation to Accidental Dismemberment or Accidental Death. 

9. Are staff on furlough eligible for sick pay?

NO. When a member of staff is on furlough they are no longer at work and therefore can not be in receipt of sick pay. If your place a member of staff on furlough, please inform Welplan so that the contribution can be adjusted.

10. Are Death Benefits paid if a member of staff dies whilst on furlough?

YES. If you continue to pay contributions for Death Benefit the member of staff will continue to be covered and benefits paid.