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Health & Protection - Half of employers yet to comply with sick pay rules

Half of UK employers are failing to comply with legislation introduced last year on sick pay, according to research undertaken for group risk protection industry body Grid.

The Employment Rights (Employment Particulars and Paid Annual Leave) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 (SI 2018/1378), which came into force on 6 April 2020, require employers to tell their staff, on day one of employment or before, what their entitlement to any sick pay is.

However, Grid’s research shows many are still reviewing their communications and protocols (28%), some were aware but had not taken any action (10%), some were completely unaware of the change (7%) and 5% were not sure how they had 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.”

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