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Local employment lawyer comments on Government announcement of three more days sick pay for employees hit with coronavirus

| March 5, 2020

A local employment lawyer has commented on the news that the Government has announced three more days sick pay for employees hit with coronavirus.

Jonathan Lilley, employment lawyer at Blaser Mills Law, said: ‘The Prime Minister’s decision that workers will be entitled to statutory sick pay from the first day off work, not the fourth, to help contain coronavirus is a crucial development for employers to be aware of. It creates the potential for conflict between employers and employees, as naturally bosses will focus on their own obligations and control over their workforces, and will need to consider the reasons put forward by employees as to why self-isolation is appropriate.

Employers need to think carefully about a plan for dealing with workforces affected by the virus, develop a clear way of communicating that plan and must strike the right balance between keeping their businesses running, doing enough to contain additional spread and ensuring appropriate ‘homeworking’ arrangements are in place for those who need to isolate themselves away. Clearly, in some sectors, working from home is already commonplace, so anyone able to switch to those arrangements for the isolation period will be able to carry on working and will have no need for sick pay – statutory or otherwise.

It’s also important to note that, whilst the legislation will provide some assistance to those eligible for statutory sick pay, it won’t be of any assistance to those who are not entitled to it anyway, for example workers in the ‘gig economy’, the self-employed etc.

Blaser Mills Law is a full service law firm, offering a comprehensive range of legal services to businesses and private individuals throughout the UK and overseas.

Further information on Blaser Mills Law can be found on their website at https://www.blasermills.co.uk.

*Source of article : Press release on behalf of Blaser Mills Law.

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