Feb 27, 2020

Coronavirus: Sick pay rules apply, says JD Wetherspoon pub chain

One of the UK's biggest employers says staff will be subject to regular statutory sick pay rules if they self-isolate owing to coronavirus. Statutory sick pay is worth £94.25 a week for eligible employees who have been off work owing to illness for at least four days in a row. The pub chain will have a host of low-paid employees working part-time who may be affected by the general rules on statutory sick pay. Lawyers say there has been some confusion among employers and staff over sick pay within the unusual circumstances surrounding coronavirus. "The threat of coronavirus shows why sick pay should be a day-one right for everybody. It's not right that millions of UK workers miss out on this protection. The government must ensure everyone gets statutory sick pay, however much they earn."

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