During the early stages of the pandemic, changes to statutory sick pay made pay available from day one of absence, and for employees who were advised to self-isolate even if they were not ill. Businesses with less than 250 employees were also able to reclaim two weeks’ sick pay paid to eligible employees.
From the 24th March 2022, these measures will no longer apply, and statutory sick pay will return to pre-pandemic conditions. Employees are only eligible for statutory sick pay from day 4 of their absence and employers will no longer be able to reclaim the costs of statutory sick pay when an employer is isolating.
From 1st April 2022, Covid tests will no longer be available for free, so employers who wish to encourage testing will need to consider the cost implications.
However, employers still need to be wary of their health and safety duties, and may wish to consider the risk to staff and clients of allowing employees to work with Covid. There may also be business implications, as the public are still largely uncomfortable with public-facing workers working with Covid.
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