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COVID-19: Update to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

An employee who is absent from work for a period of four or more days in a row, including weekends and holidays, is entitled to receive statutory sick pay (SSP) from their employer. SSP is currently set at £95.85 a week and remains payable for up to 28 weeks. A number of changes to SSP have been made or will be made as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic:

  • The Coronavirus Act 2020 is to include provision for SSP to be payable from the first day of incapacity.
  • The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) Regulations 2020 amended the Statutory Sick Pay (General) Regulations 1982 with effect from 13 March 2020 so that an employee who is self-isolating as a result of the coronavirus is entitled to SSP whether or not they are symptomatic, provided that their isolation is in accordance with the applicable public health guidelines and that they are unable to work while isolating.
  • The Coronavirus Act 2020 is to include provision for employers with fewer than 250 employees to reclaim SSP paid to employees in respect of the first 14 days of any claim made as a result of the coronavirus.

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