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Casual workers | HR processes | Birmingham City Council

Casual workers

Where casual workers are unable to undertake their duties due to temporary closure or cessation of services resulting from COVID-19, we will pay them average pay for the duration that the service is closed, where they meet certain criteria.

Managers must submit requests for casual staff payments to your HR Business Manager.

Will Casual Workers be paid due to service closures?

Where casual workers are unable to undertake their duties due to temporary closure or cessation of services resulting from COVID-19, we will pay them average pay for the duration that the service is closed, where they meet certain criteria.
Managers must submit requests for casual staff payments to your HR Business Manager.

Will the casual worker still be paid if they are self-isolating?

BCC will pay statutory sick pay (SSP) to casual workers who are self-isolating or shielding or have received a positive COVID-19 test result, if they are in receipt of the average payment detailed above and the meet the average earnings criteria for SSP below.

Exceptions: if they’re self-isolating after entering or returning to the UK and do not need to self-isolate for any other reason.

They must have sufficient average weekly earnings (over £120 per week, £520 per month) in order to be eligible for payment and have been ill, self-isolating or ‘shielding’ for at least 4 days in a row.

How many days they can get SSP for depends on why they’re off work.

They must also provide you with a copy of the NHS isolation note or shielding letter.

You must record the absence as sickness absence as follows:

  • Primary Absence - Infectious Disease
  • Secondary Absence - COVID-19

Important: Do not record them as self-isolating or they will not be paid.

Payroll services will send them a SSP1 form within 7 days of them going off sick if they do not qualify.

If they are not eligible for SSP, they might be able to claim the Test and Trace Support Payment instead or apply for Universal Credit or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).