Coronavirus – A disease that has spread across the globe. In a bid to minimise the Coronavirus spread, the government has taken action to ensure that employees stay safe and minimise the risk of the virus spreading.

Statutory Sick Pay

The government has taken action to ensure that employees who are self-isolating will be granted statutory sick pay from the first day that they are absent from work, not the fourth. Rest assured, this is just a temporary measure and will be lapsed when the virus is no longer classified as a threat.

In a statement from the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson addressed:

I can today, announce that the Health Secretary will bring forward, as part of our emergency legislation measure, to allow the payment of Statutory Sick Pay from the very day you are sick instead of four days under the current rules.

No one should be penalised for doing the right thing’.

This temporary legislation is in effect to limit the spread and impact of the virus without limiting office-based working, by taking into consideration the impact this would have on the UK economy.

For more information, please visit the official government website.

I can today, announce that the Health Secretary will bring forward, as part of our emergency legislation measure, to allow the payment of Statutory Sick Pay from the very day you are sick instead of four days under the current rules. No one should be penalised for doing the right thing.”

Boris Johnson

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