New rules on statutory sick pay

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On Saturday 28 March, new laws surrounding the payment of statutory sick pay (SSP) were introduced. SSP should now be paid from day one, not day four, of absences in the following situations:

  1. To someone who has the virus

  2. To someone who is self-isolating for seven days because they have even mild symptoms

  3. To someone who is self-isolating for 14 days because, whilst they don’t have symptoms, they are living with someone who has even mild symptoms.

If someone is self-isolating because they are living with someone who has symptoms, and then start to show symptoms themselves, the 14-day isolation no longer applies and they should instead self-isolate for seven days. This could prolong, or shorten, the overall period of the leave.   The ‘SSP day one’ rules only have effect for anyone whose first day of incapacity (or deemed incapacity in the case of self-isolation) was Friday 13 March 2020 or later

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