With the full impact of the coronavirus still looming over employers, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has today announced that the government will reimburse small employers any Statutory Sick Pay they pay to employees for the first 14 days of sickness.

The move will benefit businesses that employ less than 250 people, providing some reassurance and clarity around where employers stand should they find themselves in a position where employees are either too sick to work or have to self-isolate as a result of the coronavirus.

Statutory Sick Pay is currently paid at £94.25 per week and the assistance announced today will cost the government an estimated £2 billion while helping up to 2 million businesses.

In his first budget speech, the Chancellor also clarified that SSP will be paid from day one of illness and will be extended to those without symptoms of the virus who are advised to self-isolate by a doctor or NHS 111. Sick notes will be made available by the NHS 111 service to avoid the need to visit a doctor.

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