Coronavirus has been a much discussed topic now for nearly two years and its impact is still widely felt, not least given the emergence of newly evolved strains such as the Omicron variant.
Notwithstanding that there has been a largely effective roll out of a vaccination programme; recent months have seen a surge in the number of COVID-19 infections. This has in turn created high numbers of absence for employers in all sectors, and of all sizes, whilst members of staff recover or otherwise self isolate.
In this short article we look at possible assistance that may be available.
In order to assist the economy and smaller businesses, it is planned that further aid is to be deployed in the form of a new Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme across the United Kingdom. The move sits in the wake of recent infection rates in the UK which exceeded 115,000 in one day.
Under the new scheme, the government is allowing employers with fewer than 250 employees (as at 30 November 2021) to recover up to two weeks’ Statutory Sick Pay (£192.70), for each employee where they are absent from work either suffering from COVID-19 or otherwise find themselves in self-isolation due to possible COVID-19 infection.
The scheme applies to any days absence on or after 21 December 2021, including where the period of incapacity started before that date. The scheme will end on 24 March 2022, which is the last date for claims to be submitted to HMRC.
There has been much discussion about the impact of those who wilfully decide not to get themselves vaccinated. Whilst in some countries around the world the requirement is being mandatory, that is not the case in the UK. However:
If you would like to discuss any concerns regarding the Employment Law implications and impact of Coronavirus, dealing with issues such as Absence management, Settlement Agreements or generally around issues arising from employing staff, please speak to Jason Alcock an experienced employment law solicitor in our dispute resolution team on 01543 267 196 or email email@example.com
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