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Two million workers could become eligible for statutory sick pay

 
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Two million low-paid workers could receive statutory sick pay for the first time as part of reforms aimed at supporting people with health conditions in the workplace.
Currently, employees must earn at least the equivalent of 14 hours on the minimum wage to qualify.
But the government is looking at whether to extend eligibility to those earning below this threshold.
There could also be more help for those returning to work after sick leave.
The government will launch a consultation on Monday. 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."
Workers need to earn at least £118 a week to receive statutory sick pay, although the threshold is reviewed every tax year.
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Gig economy companies such as Deliveroo employ staff on short term contracts that do not offer holiday or sick pay
It is unclear if the plans would benefit "gig" workers on freelance or short-term contracts, but the Department for Work and Pensions said the consultation did not seek to "undermine the flexibility in the UK labour market".
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48983750
 
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