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Sickness benefit if you're isolating due to coronavirus

Who can claim sickness benefit

To qualify for sickness benefit if you're isolating due to coronavirus, you must be:

  • normally employed, self-employed or actively looking for work
  • working age (between compulsory school leaving age and pension age)
  • not working from home because you are unable to perform your role from home or because you are too unwell
  • not receiving a working income/wage for the days you are isolating (unless your employer provides sick pay that will be offset by your claim for Sickness Benefit)
  • isolating in accordance with Public Health guidance for one of the reasons below:
​Isolating because
​Advised minimum length of isolation​Benefit payable*
You have tested positive for coronavirus (as confirmed by Environmental Health) following either a PCR swab test or a Government antibody test which detected Coronavirus IgM, and you are showing symptoms
​7 days
​Up to £222.53
​You have been tested positive for Coronavirus (as confirmed by Environmental Health) but are not showing any symptoms
​14 days
​Up to £445.06
​You have a new continuous cough and/or fever which may be accompanied by one or more of the following; headaches, tiredness, muscle aches, gastro-intestinal symptoms, respiratory symptoms beside cough such as a sore throat, blocked or runny nose, or because of a loss of smell and taste (in some cases this may be the only symptom present)
​7 days​Up to £222.53

If you are essentially employed or work in a non-essential business that is permitted to open under the Safe Exit Framework: Level 2 Guidelines, you can also make a claim if you are isolating for one of the reasons below:

Isolating because Advised minimum length of isolation Benefit payable*

You have tested positive for coronavirus (as confirmed by Environmental Health) following either a PCR swab test or a Government antibody test which detected Coronavirus IgM, but you are not showing any symptoms

14 daysUp to £445.06
You have come into contact with someone who tested coronavirus IgM positive through the Government antibody testing programme but has since tested negative following a PCR swab (and you have been advised to isolate for 7 days by Environmental Health)
​7 days
Up to £222.53​
You have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus through either a PCR swab test or a Government antibody test which detected Coronavirus IgM (and you have been advised to isolate for 14 days by Environmental Health)
​14 days
​Up to £445.06
Someone in your household has a new continuous cough and/or fever which may be accompanied by one or more of the following; headaches, tiredness, muscle aches, gastro-intestinal symptoms, respiratory symptoms beside cough such as a sore throat, blocked or runny nose, or because of a loss of smell and taste (in some cases this may be the only symptom present)14 daysUp to £445.06

You have just returned to Jersey and did not have a PCR test upon arrival nor did you provide documentary evidence of a negative PCR test result conducted in your jurisdiction of departure (72 hours before arrival in Jersey)

14 daysUp to £445.06

You may not qualify or receive the full rate of benefit if you have not paid full Social Security contributions in the relevant quarter and you were not normally employed, self-employed or actively looking for work prior to isolating.

This benefit cannot be paid for any day that is older than 14 days from the date you make your claim.

Extending your claim for sickness benefit

Your claim may be extended beyond 14 days if you were previously isolating for one of the following reasons, and develop symptoms yourself on or after day 8 of your initial 14 day isolation period:

  • you came into contact with someone who has tested positive for Coronavirus (and been advised to isolate by Environmental Health)
  • someone in your household has a new continuous cough and/or fever which may have been be accompanied by one or more of the following; headaches, tiredness, muscle aches, gastro-intestinal symptoms, respiratory symptoms beside cough such as a sore throat, blocked or runny nose, or because of a loss of smell and taste (in some cases this may be the only symptom present)
  • you were adhering to the latest Government advice on travel

To extend your claim, email Health.Zone@gov.je confirming:

  • your name / Social Security Number / date of birth / address
  • the symptoms you are experiencing
  • the date you first starting self-isolating
  • the date you first started experiencing symptoms

Failure to provide any of the information listed above may delay the processing of your claim.

You can also call Customer and Local Services on +44 (0) 1534 444444.

Coronavirus related Short Term Incapacity Allowance (STIA)

You may qualify for STIA if you experience symptoms of coronavirus for more than 7 days and in accordance with Public Health guidance need to isolate for longer.

To make a claim you must get a medical certificate from your doctor or hospital. You can contact your GP by telephone or video call. 

Find out more information about claiming STIA 

Stop

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    don't go into any GP surgeries, pharmacies or Government buildings if you're isolating, including hospital buildings and Customer and Local Services at La Motte Street

If you're working from home

If you're working from home you can't claim sickness benefit as you should still be paid by your employer.

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