Under standard UK rules, employers did not pay statutory sick pay (SSP) until the fourth day of sickness. However, on 19th May 2020, the government announced that they were tweaking the rules for SSP in order to help combat the spread of coronavirus. From 26th May 2020 the three-day “qualifying period” for SSP would be suspended for those employees having to self-isolate. This meant that SSP was payable from day one of sickness instead of day 4.
The new rules were introduced as a short-term measure &, unless further amendments are made considering the rise in the Omicron variant, will expire on 25th March 2022. Employers are advised to alert their staff of this return to the three-day waiting period.