Statutory Sick Pay Regulations (the Coronavirus Amendment) will come into force today

Statutory Sick Pay note of being unfit for work

The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) Regulations 2020 have now been published and will come into force today.

What does this mean for employees?

Regulation 2(1) of the 1982 Regulations has been amended to state that any person who is isolating themselves from others, in accordance with advice on the coronavirus disease, will be deemed as incapable of work for the purposes of claiming statutory sick pay. The ‘guidance’ to be followed is published by the Public Health authorities and can be found in the following links:

Public Health Guidance: Current information

NHS Scotland

NHS Wales

Overview Guidance from the NHS

Covid-19: guidance for employees

Covid-19: stay at home guidance