On 26 August 2020, the Government introduced a further amendment to the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) scheme when the (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No. 6) Regulations 2020 (Regulations) came into force.
SSP is generally only payable to employees for periods of "incapacity". However, due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the need to take preventative measures to stop its spread, the Government has introduced various amendments already to provide for the payment of SSP for periods of deemed incapacity. This includes, but is not limited to, employees who are unable to work because they are self-isolating due to having symptoms of COVID-19, or living in a household with someone who does. These Regulations extend the entitlement to SSP to employees who:
- have been notified in writing by a registered medical practitioner (or other person or body permitted to make the notification) that they are to undergo a surgical or other hospital procedure
- have been advised to stay at home for a period of up to 14 days before their admission date to hospital for the operation
- stay at home in accordance with that advice.
Employees who meet the above conditions and are, as a result of that, unable to attend work will be entitled to SSP. Employees who can continue to work from home will not be entitled to SSP.