Not yet a Member?
HR Magazine is highlighting the next generation of HR leaders.
Is your employee handbook ready for the New Year? With SHRM’s Employee Handbook Builder get peace of mind that your handbook is up-to-date.
Get the HR education you need without travel expenses or time out of the office.
Join us in Chicago for the latest trends and technology in talent management, and what to expect in the future.
Since April 6, 2014, employers can no longer reclaim statutory sick pay (SSP) from the U.K. government. Previously, they had been able to reclaim any amount of SSP paid in a particular month which exceeded 13 percent of their National Insurance contributions in that month. This tended to benefit small businesses and companies with higher than average sickness absences among their staff.
The reason for the change is that the government felt the previous position gave employers an incentive not to encourage their employees to return to work. The government intends to invest the money saved into the new Health & Work Service, a governmental body due to be established in 2015 with the aim of helping employers and employees manage sickness absence effectively. It is expected that the Health & Work Service will provide free occupational health assessments for employees on sick leave, as well as a website and helpline giving information and advice on sickness absence.
Only time will tell whether the new Health & Work Service will help in the management of sickness absence or whether it will simply add an additional layer of bureaucracy for employers. In the meantime, the fact that employers are now wholly responsible for funding SSP is likely to be unwelcome news.
Alex Denny is a partner, Victoria FitzGerald an associate and Emma Vennesson an associate in Faegre Baker Daniels’ London office.
Copyright 2014 © Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. All rights reserved.
SHRM Online Global HR page
You have successfully saved this page as a bookmark.
Please confirm that you want to proceed with deleting bookmark.
You have successfully removed bookmark.
Please log in as a SHRM member before saving bookmarks.
Your session has expired. Please log in again before saving bookmarks.
Please purchase a SHRM membership before saving bookmarks.
An error has occurred
Recommended for you
HR Education in a City Near You
SHRM’s HR Vendor Directory contains over 3,200 companies