One in two employers still need to comply with legislation introduced last year on sick pay, according to research undertaken on behalf of GRiD, the industry body for the group risk protection sector.
The Employment Rights (Employment Particulars and Paid Annual Leave) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 (SI 2018/1378), which came into force on 6 April 2020, mean employers are now compelled to tell their staff, on day one of employment or before, what their entitlement to any sick pay is. However, GRiD’s research reveals that many are still reviewing their communications and protocols (28%), some are aware but haven’t taken any action (10%), some are completely unaware of the change (7%) and 5% weren’t sure how they’d adapted to the new legislation.
Katharine Moxham, spokesperson for GRiD said: “Employers have had a lot on their plates over the last year, and we appreciate this is one more thing for them to think about. However, many employers are looking to enhance their support for staff right now and this legislation helps create an opportunity to review that. And, as employees look to their employer to know what support is available, this is an opportunity to engage with them on exactly what that support looks like in practice.”
Employers who have not complied with the legislation are not only breaking the law but they are fundamentally missing a trick, according to GRiD. The organisation believes this is an opportunity to let staff know how employers are going to look after them should they be off work with sickness or injury, an issue that has been particularly highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
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