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Health & Protection - Lawyers urge employers to be clear on sick pay and health benefits from day one

By Graham Simons 5 May 2021.

Employers should be as clear as possible with employees about sick pay and health insurance benefits from day one, according to employment lawyers.

Melanie Stancliffe, partner at law firm Cripps Pemberton Greenish, was commenting on findings from a Grid survey which shows half of UK employers are failing to comply with legislation introduced last year on sick pay.

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

But Stancliffe told Health & Protection while there was little publicity about the new rules last year as firms contended with the pandemic and lockdown, those who fail to comply face fines of £300 plus £60 for each day they do not provide the information.

“Even the £3,000 fine for the non-payment of sick pay doesn’t seem to be at the forefront of decision-makers’ minds,” she said.

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