SSP Waiting Days amendment for coronavirus to end 24 March 2022

14 March 2022

The Coronavirus Act is due to come to an end on 24 March 2022, the suspension of the three-day waiting period for coronavirus related illness will cease on this date. The normal three waiting days for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) are to be applied from 25 March 2022 onward. This comes two years after the suspension of normal law received Royal Assent.

Until then, employees should be paid SSP from the first qualifying day of sickness, as long as a period for incapacity to work has been formed (4 days ill, including non-working days).

Ensure that your payroll systems are up to date and do not provide SSP from day one in error. Occupational sick pay, paid at an employer’s discretion, remains unaffected.

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