Employers have been rightly worried about the cost of funding Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for employees that are self-isolating or suffering from the COVID-19 virus. Especially as SSP is now due on day one of absences.
The Chancellor has now confirmed that he will create a means for employers to recover any SSP paid for the first 14 days of sick leave.
Additionally, employees who are advised to self-isolate for COVID-19 will soon be able to obtain an alternative to the fit note to cover this by contacting NHS 111, rather than visiting a doctor. This can be used by employees where their employers require evidence.
Those who are not eligible for SSP, for example the self-employed or people earning below the Lower Earnings Limit of £118 per week (increasing to £120 from 6 April 2020), can now more easily make a claim for Universal Credit or Contributory Employment and Support Allowance.
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