The Government is launching a consultation on changes to statutory sick pay.
At present, employees must earn at least equivalent to 14 hours on minimum wage to qualify for statutory sick pay (£118 per week), but one of the points of the consultation is looking at extending eligibility below this threshold.
Other points under consideration include
- more support for those returning to work after sick leave
- inclusion of ‘gig economy’ workers on freelance or short term contracts
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We need to remove the barriers that stop people with disabilities or health conditions from reaching their full potential – these steps will help us achieve that.”
This consultation closes at