Workers to Receive Statutory Sick Pay from Day One

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Boris Johnson has announced (4th March, 2020) that employees will be eligible to receive Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) from their first day away from work rather than the fourth as under the previous SSP rules as part of the Government’s plans to halt the spread of coronavirus.

He said that by asking people to self-isolate, they are helping to protect others from the virus and should not be “penalised for doing the right thing”.

He stated during Prime Minister’s Questions in Parliament: “As yesterday’s plan made clear, we’re not at the point yet where we’re asking large numbers of people to self-isolate but that of course may come if large numbers of people have the symptoms of coronavirus.

“And, if they stay at home, the House will understand that they are helping to protect all of us by slowing the spread of the virus, and that is what the best scientific evidence tells us.

“If they stay at home and if we ask people to self-isolate they may lose out financially. So I can today announce that the health secretary will bring forward, as part of our emergency coronavirus legislation, measures to allow the payment of statutory sick pay from the very first day you are sick instead of four days under the current rules.

“And I think that’s the right way forward. Nobody should be penalised for doing the right thing.”

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