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Tag: Statutory Sick Pay

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.

Employment

Coronavirus Act 2020 – Changes to Statutory Sick Pay

The Coronavirus Act 2020 received Royal Assent yesterday 25 March 2020.  It confirms some of the announcements that were made last week regarding payment of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) in relation to Coronavirus.  The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) Regulations 2020 came into force on 13 March 2020 and amended the SSP rules such that those who self isolate are deemed incapable of work for the purposes of claiming SSP.

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