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Cover Magazine - Sick pay legislation comes into effect on Monday 6 April

Employers now have to tell staff, from day one or before, what their sick pay entitlement is. By Adam Saville 6 April 2020.

Group risk trade body GRiD has predicted that the arrival of Good Work Plan legislation, on Monday 6 April, will encourage employers to enhance their group risk offering.

According to the government, the new mandatory rules ‘extend the right to a day one written statement of rights to workers, going further to include detail on rights such as eligibility for sick leave and pay and details of other types of paid leave, such as maternity and paternity'.

GRiD added that the COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on how employers support those that are absent, so the new legislation will put even more pressure on them to be transparent.

Some employers will only offer the bare minimum statutory sick pay (SSP), while others will offer extended pay for absent staff. GRiD said it expects employers will want to use induction welcome packs to communicate the extra availability of health and wellbeing specialists, early intervention and rehabilitation, bereavement counselling and specialist therapies available through group risk policies.

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