The main changes in the rules for paying sick leave TODAY

WORKERS can get less money to increase their income if they are not sick from today.

A major change to sick pay rules that was introduced during the pandemic has now been lifted, which could affect how much money you can get if you’re not feeling well.


From today, you will have to wait longer for your sick pay as Covid rules return to normal.1 credit

Statutory Sickness Benefit (SSP) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) are the two main benefits you can get if you get sick.

SSP is the minimum that an employee can legally receive if they are unwell and unable to work.

It costs £96.35 per week for those who qualify and is paid by employers for up to 28 weeks if you earn at least £120 per week.

This is just the minimum and your boss may pay more.

The rules for receiving them have been adjusted during the Covid outbreak to support Britons in need.

If you were in self-isolation or contracted Covid, you may have received SSP from the first day instead of three days later.

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This meant workers would not lose a vital income if they were forced to self-isolate.

However, as of today, the SSP rules will return to normal.

Workers who become ill with Covid will now have to wait until the fourth day to start receiving SSP.

The temporary rule change also affects the ESA you can apply for if your illness or disability affects your ability to work.

This costs up to £74.70 per week, depending on the circumstances.

When Covid hit, the government changed the allowance to allow those who were eligible to apply from the first day they were away from work – instead of the usual eighth day.

But as of today, the rules have returned to normal.

This means that applicants will have to wait seven days before they can receive an ESA.

To be eligible for an ESA, you must be working either as a self-employed worker or as an employee, have paid enough National Insurance contributions (usually for the last 2-3 years), and you cannot get an ESA if you apply to receive unemployment benefits. Benefit or statutory sick pay.

The move is the latest in the government’s easing of Covid restrictions.

The legislation no longer requires self-isolation even if you test positive for Covid.

This is part of the government’s “Living with Covid” strategy, which marks the end of a two-year lockdown and testing.

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Households will no longer be able to receive free Covid test kits from next month.

In addition, a £500 payment ended in February to help needy Britons pay their bills if they self-isolate due to Covid.

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