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Tag: Self-isolation

Employment

Co-ping with Covid Cons

Dozens of workers at the Nissan plant in Sunderland used fake screenshots to take time off work. As a prompt we look at the approach to take when you doubt the validity of sickness absence.

Family Law

COVID-19 Outbreak and Divorce: What happens now?

The COVID19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown has, in some cases, had a detrimental effect on many relationships as couples are forced to spend time together 24/7. For those going through a divorce, or considering a divorce, Jenny Goldstein and Sarah Ward of  Samuel Phillips Law, answer your questions as to how the COVID19 outbreak is affecting proceedings and should you be going through a relationship breakdown, what your options are during this time.

Employment

Self-Isolation and Sick Pay

As a follow on from the identification of an employee with Covid-19 symptoms we thought it appropriate to review the rules around Statutory Sick Pay. The simple rule is that any employee who is unfortunate enough to contract coronavirus will be subject to the same process as any other sickness absence in terms of payment. If your policy is that you only pay statutory sick pay (SSP) during sickness absence, that is the policy you should adopt, subject to meeting the qualifying criteria. SSP is payable from day one; there are no “waiting days” where the reason for the absence is coronavirus.

Family Law

Co-Parenting During Coronavirus

The Coronavirus pandemic is creating special challenges for all of us, not least separated parents. Co-parenting children when separated is not without its challenges at the best times. With schools now closed and social distancing strongly encouraged, as family lawyers, we are increasingly being asked for advice on how to manage shared care arrangements.

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