Statutory Sick Pay extended to cover very high-risk employees


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Posted on 16 Apr 2020

The government has amended the SSP regulations again to extend the category of people deemed incapable of working and therefore entitled to SSP.  This now includes:

  • Those defined in public health guidance as extremely vulnerable and at very high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 because of an underlying health condition
  • Who have been advised by a notification sent to them, in accordance with that guidance, to rigorously follow shielding measures for the period specified in the notification

As with other employees absent for Covid-19 reasons, these employees will be entitled to SSP from the first day of absence.

Click here to see the shielding guidance which explains who is considered extremely vulnerable and at very high-risk.   

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