Statutory Sick Pay Changes Announced in Budget Response to Coronavirus

<p><img alt=”office” src=”https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/legalrss-production/assets/2175/small/IMAG0330.jpg?1416154469″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />A series of measures intended to limit the economic impact of coronavirus in the UK have been announced by Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in his Budget statement.</p>

<p>The measures include the reimbursement of businesses employing fewer than 250 people for any statutory sick pay they pay to staff for the first 14 days of sickness.</p>

<p>The Chancellor also announced that workers will be able to acquire sick notes by calling NHS 111, rather than having to visit their GP.&nbsp;</p>

<p>Statutory sick pay for &lsquo;all those who are advised to self-isolate&rsquo;, even if they have not displayed symptoms, is being introduced and plans are being implemented to help employees on zero-hours contracts access benefits faster and more easily. &nbsp;</p>

<p>In all, Mr Sunak committed &pound;30bn to help support the UK economy, which he warned would be subject to a significant but temporary disruption as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.</p>