Covid-19: Upcoming Changes to UK Regulations
With the relaxing of covid restrictions across the UK, various changes to the existing regulations pertaining to sick pay and health & safety requirements for employers are due to come into effect this month. We take a look at the key changes.
Key Changes to Covid Regulations This Month
From 17 March 2022, existing covid regulations on sick pay and health & safety requirements for employers are changing as follows:
- On 17 March 2022 the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will close meaning employers will no longer be able to claim back Statutory Sick Pay for employees with coronavirus-related absences or self-isolation that occurs after 17 March 2022.
- From 24th March 2022, statutory sick pay rules will return to their pre-pandemic position. The change allowed for payment of SSP from day one if a worker had to isolate due to COVID-19. By reverting to the previous rules, workers must be absent from work for 4 working days before qualifying for SSP, regardless of the reason for their absence.
- From 1 April, free testing is to be removed meaning employees may not know if they have COVID-19 or not. The government will also remove the health and safety requirement for every employer to explicitly consider COVID-19 in their risk assessments (unless they work specifically work with COVID-19, such as in laboratories).
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