Editor's message: The unprecedented global spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) means that the focus on sickness absence and sick pay is greater than ever - employers now also have to deal with employees who have to self-isolate to prevent infection or contamination.
The Government has introduced measures to address this. From 13 March 2020, (or 16 April 2020 in relation to employees who are shielding) employees who:
are deemed to be incapable of work and are therefore entitled to statutory sick pay (provided that they otherwise qualify).
Statutory sick pay will also be payable from day one (rather than day four) where an employee is unable to work due to coronavirus.
Noelle Murphy, senior HR practice editor
HR and legal information and guidance relating to sickness absence and sick pay.