An early end to self-isolation rules?

09 February 2022

For almost two years payroll professionals have successfully adapted to the changes in statutory sick pay (SSP) as a consequence of the self-isolation rules due to coronavirus.  Will these changes be brought to an end earlier than planned?

SSP is currently payable from day one where individuals are absent due to coronavirus (where an individual forms a period of incapacity to work).  The SSP rebate scheme, available to small employers, was also reopened from 21 December 2021. 

During prime minister’s questions on 9 February 2022, Boris Johnson announced that on return from the half-term recess, he plans to the present a strategy for living with Covid and expects to be able to end the last domestic restrictions a full month early.  Restrictions are currently due to end on 24 March 2022.  Subject to approval, this could be brought forward to 24 February.

Parliament return from recess on 21 February 2022 so it’s likely payroll teams and employers will need to react quickly to any upcoming change in this area.

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