We’re delighted to welcome Quest Cover to the Midlands Business Network. 

For over two decades Quest has been providing human resources and health and safety solutions for individual businesses and membership organisations throughout the UK. Our reputation for quality of service has enabled us to establish long-lasting relationships with many organisations. We have made it our responsibility to fully understand client needs before personalising solutions.

We receive several topical calls to our advice line. As of recent, we have received a large volume on calls on the temporary changes to statutory sick pay.

Our article below outlines the changes:

Temporary Changes to Statutory Sick Pay

Employers and HR practitioners should take special note that for a limited period there will be a change to the normal statutory sick pay requirements due to the demands on the NHS and to help free GPs for the booster campaign against Covid.

The Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) Regulations 2021 will allow on a temporary basis an employee to self-certify sickness for a period of 28 days rather than the usual 7 days.

The usual position is the employee can self-certify for a seven-day period and after this period must produce a fit note from their GP. Employers must now accept from their employee a 28-day self-certification note.

The change relates only to the period of sickness starting during the time 17 December 2021 to 26 January 2022 or if the sickness started before the 17 December 2021 but at that time did not last for seven days. 

The temporary change will not apply for periods of sickness after the 26 January 2022 due the tempory nature of the change.

Employers and HR practitioners should follow the temporary change to the law when paying statutory sick pay. You should also check your contract if you pay enhanced sick pay as this may impact on the need to provide medical evidence especially if your sick pay backed by an insurance policy.