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Emergency legislation is to be introduced by the government in its attempts to control the spread of the coronavirus.
Statutory sick pay (SSP) is currently payable to employees if they are off work due to illness for at least 4 days in a row, SSP being paid from the fourth day of absence. Employees are required to earn a certain amount per week to be eligible for SSP, and not all workers are entitled to claim SSP. The amount currently payable is £94.25 per week, and SSP can be paid for a period of up to 28 weeks.
The law is to be changed temporarily to allow employees, who are required to self-isolate and not attend work due to the coronavirus, to claim SSP from the first day of their absence from work, so that they are not to be penalised for their absence, and presumably to lessen financial concerns (and help to ensure self-isolation) for employees who may be tempted to come into work even if they have, or think they may have, the virus.