The employee/worker is entitled to sick leave, to Statutory Sick Pay and contractually agreed sick pay if any. The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 provide for categories of people to be treated as incapable of work for the purposes of statutory sick pay (SSP). The Regulations provide that where a person is isolating themselves from others in accordance with advice on Coronavirus, they are deemed to be incapable of work. That guidance is published in digital form only:
Employees/workers are entitled to self-certify, and during this emergency, employers are not able to insist on a fit-note from a doctor after 7 days.
Employers need to be clear whether staff are off sick, and unfit for work, whether the employee/worker is unable to work from home and is self-isolating, or whether the employee/worker is self-isolating but is able to work from home. In the latter case where they are fit to work the employee/worker will normally be entitled to full pay for work done.