Laura Macdonald | Senior Associate

Coronavirus – PM announces SSP to be paid from Day 1 of absence

Statutory sick pay is to be made available from the first day of illness under emergency legislation to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said people who self-isolate are helping to protect others from the virus and therefore “nobody should be penalised for doing the right thing”.  He also said during yesterday’s Prime Minister’s questions in Parliament: “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.”

Therefore, this will alter the current laws which provide a minimum statutory sick pay of £94.25 a week only when a worker has taken four or more days in a row off work.

Laura Macdonald

Laura Macdonald

Employment Law Team

“I strive to provide clear and practical advice to clients, focussing on the individual or organisation’s particular circumstances and requirements.”

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