Statutory Sick Pay changes for workers, employers and Employment allowance increase
01 April 2020
As part of the Government response to Coronavirus, a number of measures have been introduced to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) which are effective from 6 April 2020. The measures include:
- All employees who self-isolate will be able to claim SSP
- As a temporary measure SSP claims can be made from day 1 rather than day 4
- Employees who are caring for someone who is self-isolating will also be able to claim SSP on this basis
- Businesses with less than 250 employees as at 28 February 2020 will be able to reclaim SSP expenditure up to a maximum of two weeks per employee from the Government. This measure will commence from the date the new regulations for SSP are announced.
The current rate of SSP is £94.25 per week, rising to £95.85 from 6 April 2020.
SSP is currently payable to employees with earnings over £6,136 (£6,420 per annum from 6 April 2020). For employees below this threshold, such as those in the gig economy and the self-employed, the Government has announced additional measures that include:
- The ‘New style’ Employment and Support Allowance will be payable for people directly affected by Coronavirus or self-isolating according to government advice from the first day of sickness
- People will be able to claim Universal Credit and access advance payments where they are directly affected by Coronavirus, or self-isolating, without the current requirement to attend a Jobcentre
- For the duration of the outbreak, the requirements of the minimum income floor in Universal Credit will be temporarily relaxed for those directly affected by Coronavirus or self-isolating ensuring self‑employed claimants will be compensated for losses in income.
Contact a member of our team if you have any queries.