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Lowest paid set to receive sick pay for the first time

 

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Lowest paid set to receive sick pay for the first time

The government has started a consultation to transform support for sick and disabled staff and remove barriers for employers.

Work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd and health secretary Matt Hancock are setting out new measures to transform how employers support and retain disabled staff and those with a health condition. Under the new measures the lowest paid employees would be eligible for statutory sick pay for the first time, while small businesses may be offered a sick pay rebate to reward those who effectively manage employees on sick leave and help them get back to work. Each year more than 100,000 people leave their job following a period of sickness absence lasting at least four weeks, new figures show.