Steps have been taken to support those who need to make claims under the existing sickness benefit provision, in line with guidance from Public Health Services. Individuals who are self-isolating following Public Health advice DO NOT need to see their GP or provide a medical certificate (sick note) to make a claim for sickness benefit. Please call our helpline on 01481 222507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss what support may be available to you.
These kind of claims will generally only be valid for 14 days or until the individual receives a negative test result for COVID-19. If an individual does not have any symptoms that would prevent them from working and is supported to work while self-isolating by their employer, for instance at home on a laptop, they will not be eligible for sickness benefit.
If you are of pensionable age you may be entitled to assistance in the form of income support. Unemployment benefit and sickness benefit are not available for people over pension age. Please call our helpline on 222508 or email email@example.com to discuss what support may be available for you.
Generally, contributions paid as a self-employed person do not count for unemployment benefit which would mean that you could not receive unemployment benefit as a self-employed person. But, if in 2019 you have at least 39 contributions paid or credited as an employed person, then any self-employed (or non-employed contributions) on your record for the remaining 13 weeks of the year will be treated as if they were employed person contributions.
If you are self-isolating because you have developed Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms and are unable to work for at least 4 days, you should make a claim for sickness benefit. Individuals who are isolating following Public Health advice can self-certify and DO NOT need to see their GP to issue a medical certificate (sick note). These claims will only be valid for up to 14 days or until the individual receives a negative test result for COVID-19. To make a claim for sickness benefit please call 222507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you can work from home while self-isolating or are unwell for less than 4 days, you will not be eligible for sickness benefit.
If you are having to self-isolate under public health guidance but don't have symptoms, and are worried about your finances because you don’t get paid whilst you are unable to work, please contact Income Support by emailing email@example.com or by calling 01481 222508.
Sickness benefit is a weekly cash benefit paid if you're unable to work due to illness or injury. To receive sickness benefit you must be unable to work for at least 4 days and meet certain contribution conditions.
There are two contribution conditions that you must meet to be entitled to unemployment benefit. These are: 1. You must have paid at least 26 social insurance contributions as an employed person in Guernsey at any time in your working life; and 2. You must have paid or had credited at least 26 contributions as an employed person during 2018 (for claims beyond 30 June, this switches to 2019).
Unemployment benefit is a weekly cash benefit paid to unemployed people who are looking for work with an employer. To be eligible for unemployment benefit you must meet certain contribution conditions.