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Actuarial Post - Legislation means employers must update view on absent staff

New legislation* coming into force on 6 April 2020 means employers now have to tell their staff, on day one of employment or before, what their entitlement to any sick pay is. GRiD predicts this will mean many employers will enhance their offering to make sure it’s attractive.

 With the current Covid-19 pandemic, a spotlight has already been shone on how employers support those that are absent, and the new legislation will be further reason to make any support transparent.

 New recruits have a lot of priorities on their first day, from what their roles and responsibilities are, to where they sit and meeting their new colleagues. The induction welcome pack is a well-trusted route for employers to let new starters know about all the benefits they offer their staff, from pensions to health and wellbeing, holiday entitlement to life assurance. They now also have to let their staff know how they’ll support them if they’re absent.

 Some employers will only offer the bare minimum Statutory Sick Pay. Others will go much further, extending the time they pay absent staff, and extending the amount they pay. Those employers that want to demonstrate how much they care for their staff offer much fuller support that goes beyond pay, such as access to health and wellbeing specialists, early intervention and rehabilitation, bereavement counselling and specialist therapies. GRiD predicts that offering access to such support will increase.

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