In the Budget revealed by the Chancellor this afternoon were a number of measures intended to help support employers in the fight against the spread of Coronavirus.
It was announced that:
- Entitlement to statutory sick pay will be extended to all those who are advised to self-isolate even if they have not displayed symptoms
- Those self-isolating will soon be able to obtain a sick note by contacting 111 rather than having to go to the doctors
- For businesses with fewer than 250 employees the government will refund the cost of providing statutory sick pay to any employee off work due to coronavirus for up to 14 days.
This is in addition to the previous announcement by the Prime Minister that there will be a temporary change to the rules to make sure statutory sick pay is available from the first day of sickness absence instead of the fourth day.
We have no further details regarding these announcements, but we will keep you updated with any further developments. In the meantime, if you have any employment law matters we can assist you with please do not hesitate to contact us as we are happy to help.