In response to the widespread business and social disruption as a result of the coronavirus pandemic we appreciate many of our temporary workers will have concerns about the financial implications and options available to them.

Below are some frequently asked questions with regards to Statutory Sick Pay and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme that are intended to provide those affected workers with some basic guidance; please note this is not legal advice. Links for further information are provided.

Can I Claim SSP?

If you are unable to attend work due to self-isolation; and are a direct PAYE worker, then you will be entitled to SSP if you normally earn more than £118 per week on average. The law relating to SSP has recently changed and from 13th March 2020 any time taken off due to the COVID-19 outbreak may be eligible for SSP. If you think this applies to you then email Covid19support@thornbaker.co.uk

Does the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Apply to Me?

Over the last few weeks, you may have heard about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

We are currently reviewing the guidance provided by the Government regarding this scheme, and are also taking advice from the REC (Recruitment & Employment Confederation) on how best to implement the scheme.

Whilst the Government have made it clear that agency PAYE workers will be covered there are a number of areas that still need clarification but as a minimum, you would have need to be on our payroll on 28th February 2020.

In the meantime, we have established the following basic process so that we can start to help our workers who have been impacted by the economic implications of the pandemic

  • Identify who qualifies
  • Seek the workers consent to be furloughed
  • Legally classify the worker as furloughed
  • Issue payments following receipt of government funding (likely to be monthly)

Should you qualify, we will be in touch as soon as possible – if you have any further urgent questions please email us at Covid19support@thornbaker.co.uk.

What If I Provided My Services via a Third Party, I.E. an Intermediary or Payroll Provider?

If you were not directly paid via Thorn Baker PAYE then you may still be covered by the SSP and Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Please contact your payment provider, EpaySlip, directly on 01707 927972

​Useful Links

Online fit notes for coronavirus absence – people unable to work for more than seven days because of coronavirus (COVID-19) can obtain an isolation note through a new online service on the gov.uk website


The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme


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