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Lowest paid set to receive sick pay for the first time 18/07/2019 The Government is consulting on new measures to transform how employers support and retain disabled staff and those with a health condition.

Lowest paid set to receive sick pay for the first time

The Government is consulting on new measures to transform how employers support and retain disabled staff and those with a health condition.

Under the new measures the lowest paid employees would be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay for the first time, while small businesses may be offered a sick pay rebate to reward those who effectively manage employees on sick leave and help them get back to work.

New figures show that each year more than 100,000 people leave their job following a period of sickness absence lasting at least 4 weeks. The longer somebody is on sickness absence the more likely they are to fall out of work, with 44% of people who had been off sick for a year then leaving employment altogether.

“With three in five employers facing challenges when supporting employees to return to work, it’s time that we took a closer look at how businesses can retain staff,” said Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd. “Good work is good for our mental and physical health, and by working closely with employers we can help prevent the loss of talent when people unnecessarily leave the workplace.”

Businesses and health providers will be asked for their views on how to remove the barriers in the current system which stop employers from taking action, with small employers expected to need the most support.

The majority of small employers reported a lack of time and capital to invest in support as the key issues.

The Government will also consider whether to change legal guidance to encourage employers to intervene early during a period of sickness absence, and how to improve the capacity, cost, value and quality of occupational health.

The consultation, which closes on 7th October, can be found here.

 

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