My child has been told to self-isolate due to potential contact with COVID-19 sufferer

***The information given on these pages is the legal stance based on the government advice, please be mindful that this advice can change. This is the absolute minimum required by law. It is the Employer's decision whether they need their employee to work and what they pay to their nanny, you are allowed to pay above the minimum if you wish to. Making decisions about whether to pay more than the minimum can be a very difficult one, you will need to consider many things, such as, your future relationship with your employee and the affordability for you and your employee in these troubling times. It is wonderful to see that many employers have been able to retain their employees on full pay during this pandemic, but we appreciate that some will not be able to. Please be assured that this is your decision to make.***

You should check guidance from the relevant public health body on whether or not it is necessary on risk grounds to ask your Nanny not to attend work.

Your Nanny should also seek medical advice from and you the employer should be updated on this advice.

If the medical advice is for the employee to also self-isolate then this is paid as per your contractual sick pay policy which is normally SSP. Proposed recent changes to legislation mean that SSP is likely to be payable from the first day of sickness rather than fourth.

Should the advice not be to self-isolate and your Nanny is willing to work but is unable due to the workplace being unsafe then potentially your Nanny would be entitled to full pay.  Your contractual terms should be explored as most NannyPaye contracts have the provision of a Layoff clause which may reduce the liability in this instance.  Please ensure you call for further advice on this matter.