Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Changes to statutory sick pay (SSP) 13 March 2020 to 24 March 2022 [Archived]
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The following Employment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Changes to statutory sick pay (SSP) 13 March 2020 to 24 March 2022 [Archived]
  • SSP entitlement extended to those who self-isolate
  • Was an alert or ‘ping’ from the NHS COVID-19 app a relevant notification?
  • Suspension of SSP waiting days
  • SSP—isolation notes and other evidence

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Changes to statutory sick pay (SSP) 13 March 2020 to 24 March 2022 [Archived]

A number of temporary changes were introduced by government in relation to accessing Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), and SSP rules, in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These changes have been reversed following the government’s decision to remove coronavirus restrictions in 2022 and, in particular, the publication of the government’s plan for living with COVID-19 on 21 February 2022.

The temporary changes to SSP introduced during the pandemic, together with a summary of developments in relation to their removal, are listed below:

  1. those who self-isolated or were required to shield from time to time because of coronavirus were potentially deemed incapable of working, and, therefore, entitled to SSP (see: SSP entitlement extended to those who self-isolate below). These deeming provisions were revoked by the Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) Regulations 2022, SI 2022/380, in force on 25 March 2022 (see: LNB News 25/03/2022 5). This means that from 25 March 2022, if an employee tests positive for coronavirus, in order to qualify for SSP they must be too ill to undertake any work under their contract of employment on any day for which they claim SSP (see Practice Note: Sick pay—SSP—incapable of working)

  2. the rule stipulating that SSP is not payable in respect of the first three ‘waiting’ days of

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