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Covid-19 Sick Benefit Fund Update from Bargaining Council

The Council has received multiple queries in regard to the Covid-19 virus. Here is an update on the Sick Benefit Fund, for people who fall ill as a result of the virus.

In terms of Sick Benefits, the following applies:

1. The normal sick leave process should still apply. The employee must be booked off by a doctor with an official medical certificate. In this case, the employee can submit a claim with the Sick Pay Fund for the days booked off.

2. Should no medical certificate be received, we will not be able to pay the claim. The employer will take this as unpaid leave

3. Currently, those infected with the virus has been placed in home isolation or hospitalized. If an employee falls within this category, again, there should be a valid medical certificate and a claim can be submitted to the Sick Pay Fund. According to the W.H.O. the period for isolation is normally 14 days.

4. Please encourage your employees to contact their local clinic and doctor by phone, or call the Covid-19 hotline on 0800 029 999 before travelling to the doctor or clinic, if they suspect that they have the virus. This will allow them to get the most up to date advice on how to proceed to obtain treatment, and also obtain the medical certificate, in the safest way and without putting other people at risk.

Sick Pay Fund Claims

Please note that no Sick Pay Fund Claim will be paid without the relevant information attached to the claim.

Click HERE to download a revised claim form to use going forward.

When submitting a claim and an employee works a five day week, it is imperative that the register/roster for that person also be attached to indicate the days the employee was due to work.

We hope that every one of our members stays well and safe during this challenging time.

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