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Statutory Instruments

2020 No. 374

Social Security

Terms And Conditions Of Employment

The Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Suspension of Waiting Days and General Amendment) Regulations 2020

Made

at 11.50 a.m. on 27th March 2020

Laid before Parliament

at 6.00 p.m. on 27th March 2020

Coming into operation

28th March 2020

The Secretary of State, in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 151(4) and (4A) and 175(1) and (3) to (5A) of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 F1 and section 40(1) to (4) of the Coronavirus Act 2020 F2, makes the following Regulations.

In accordance with section 173(1)(a) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 F3, it appears to the Secretary of State that by reason of the urgency of this matter it is inexpedient to refer the proposals in respect of regulations 3 to 5 of these Regulations to the Social Security Advisory Committee.

F11992 c. 4. Sections 151(4A) and 175(5A) were inserted by section 41 of the Coronavirus Act 2020. Section 151(4) was amended by section 11(1) of and paragraph 34 of Schedule 1 to the Social Security (Incapacity for Work) Act 1994. Section 175(1) and (4) was amended by section 2 of and paragraph 29 of Schedule 3 to the Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) Act 1999 c. 2. Section 175(5) was amended by section 11(1) of and paragraph 34 of Schedule 1 to the Social Security (Incapacity for Work) Act 1994 c. 18.

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1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Suspension of Waiting Days and General Amendment) Regulations 2020 and come into force on 28th March 2020.

Commencement Information

I1Reg. 1 in force at 28.3.2020, see reg. 1

Suspension of waiting daysE+W+S

2.—(1) Section 155(1) (limitations on entitlement) of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 (“the 1992 Act”) does not apply in relation to an employee where—

(a)that employee's period of incapacity for work is related to coronavirus; and

(b)the first day of incapacity for work in that period arose on or after 13th March 2020.

(2) Paragraph (1) applies in relation to a day of incapacity for work that falls on or after 13th March 2020.

(3) In this regulation—

(a)period of incapacity for work” has the meaning given by section 152 of the 1992 Act; and

(b)a period of incapacity for work is related to coronavirus if the employee is—

(i)incapable by reason of infection or contamination with coronavirus, or

(ii)deemed, in accordance with regulation 2(1)(c) [F4or (d)] of the Statutory Sick Pay (General) Regulations 1982 F5, to be incapable by reason of coronavirus,

of doing work which the employee can reasonably be expected to do under the employee's contract of service.

(4) The reference to regulation 2(1)(c) [F6or (d)] in paragraph (3)(b) above is a reference to the regulation which was in force on the first day of incapacity for work in question.

F5S.I. 1982/894. Paragraph (1)(c) was inserted by S.I. 2020/287, and amended by S.I. 2020/304 and regulation 3 of these Regulations.

Commencement Information

I2Reg. 2 in force at 28.3.2020, see reg. 1

Amendment of the Statutory Sick Pay (General) Regulations 1982E+W+S

3.—(1) The Statutory Sick Pay (General) Regulations 1982 are amended as follows.

(2) In regulation 2(1)(c)(i) (persons deemed incapable of work) for the words starting with “guidance published by” to the end of the paragraph (i) substitute “ the Schedule ”.

(3) In regulation 2(4) omit the definition of “Public Health England”.

(4) After regulation 21A insert the Schedule set out in the Schedule to these Regulations.

Commencement Information

I3Reg. 3 in force at 28.3.2020, see reg. 1

Amendment of the Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) Regulations 2020E+W+S

4.  Omit regulation 3 (expiry) of the Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) Regulations 2020 F7.

Commencement Information

I4Reg. 4 in force at 28.3.2020, see reg. 1

Amendment of the Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020E+W+S

5.  Omit regulation 3 (expiry) of the Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 F8.

Commencement Information

I5Reg. 5 in force at 28.3.2020, see reg. 1

Thérèse Coffey

Secretary of State

Department for Work and Pensions

Regulation 3(4)

SCHEDULEE+W+SSCHEDULE TO BE INSERTED IN THE STATUTORY SICK PAY (GENERAL) REGULATIONS 1982

Commencement Information

I6Sch. in force at 28.3.2020, see reg. 1

Regulation 2(1)

SCHEDULE E+W+SISOLATION DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

1.  A person is isolating himself from other people in such a manner as to prevent infection or contamination with coronavirus in accordance with this Schedule if he is doing so pursuant to paragraphs 2 to 5.

2.  The person has symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, and is staying at home for 7 days, beginning with the day (“day 1”) the symptoms started.

3.  The person lives with someone who is isolating himself in accordance with paragraph 2, and that person is staying at home for 14 days, beginning with day 1.

4.  The person is staying at home under paragraph 3 and develops the symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, and is staying at home for 7 days, beginning with the day the symptoms started.

5.  Where the person is staying at home pursuant to paragraph 4, paragraph 3 no longer applies to that person.

6.  In this Schedule–

Chief Medical Officer” means—

(a)

the Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health and Social Care; and

(b)

the Officer with corresponding functions in relation to Scotland and Wales;

Deputy Chief Medical Officer” is to be construed by reference to the definition of “Chief Medical Officer”; and

symptoms of coronavirus” means the recent onset of —

(a)

a continuous cough;

(b)

a high temperature;

(c)

both a continuous cough and a high temperature; or

(d)

any other symptoms of coronavirus as may be specified by the Chief Medical Officer or one of the Deputy Chief Medical Officers in guidance as amended from time to time.

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations suspend the limitation, set out in section 155(1) of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992, that Statutory Sick Pay is not payable for the first three qualifying days in a period of entitlement. They also amend the Statutory Sick Pay (General) Regulations 1982 (“the 1982 Regulations”) to specify when a person isolating by reason of coronavirus is deemed to be incapable of work.

Statutory sick pay is not payable for the first three qualifying days of a period of entitlement to statutory sick pay. These days are known as “waiting days”. Regulation 2 disapplies the waiting days where an employee is incapable of doing the work the employee can reasonably be expected to do under the employee's contract of service, or where the employee is deemed to be incapable, because of coronavirus. This applies retrospectively from 13th March 2020.

Regulation 3 amends the 1982 Regulations. It inserts a Schedule into those Regulations which specifies when a person is deemed to be incapable of work because the person is staying at home. This includes persons with symptoms of coronavirus staying at home for 7 days and persons living in the household of a person with symptoms of coronavirus staying at home for 14 days.

Regulations 4 and 5 omit the provision that previous Regulations amending the 1982 Regulations will expire after 8 months. The Secretary of State will keep the provisions under review in line with corresponding provision in the Coronavirus Act 2020.

No regulatory impact assessment has been produced for these Regulations in view of the urgency required to provide additional financial support to those unable to work as a result of coronavirus.

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