The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced that employees will be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) from day one when self-isolating rather than having to wait until day four under the SSP waiting days rules.
The change will be included in a package of measures, to be introduced by emergency legislation, to deal with coronavirus.
Updating Parliament on the Government’s response to the virus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told MPs:
‘I can today announce that the Health Secretary will bring forward, as part of our emergency legislation measures, to allow the payment of Statutory Sick Pay from the very first day you are sick instead of four days under the current rules.
‘No one should be penalised for doing the right thing.’
The Prime Minister had earlier said:
‘We are not at the point yet where we are asking large numbers of people to self-isolate, but that may of course come if large numbers have the symptoms.
‘If they stay at home, they are helping to protect all of us by preventing the spread of the virus.’
The press release advises that the change will be a temporary measure to respond to the outbreak and will lapse when it is no longer required.