Can you withhold sick pay during a pandemic?

Whether it’s a ‘duvet day’ because the weather is cold and dreary outside or a suspicious tummy bug following a sunny Bank Holiday Monday, if you are an employer then chances are you will have had cause on occasions to question whether a member of staff is being honest with you about their sickness.

Of course, during the pandemic people’s social lives have generally ground to halt but it has thrown up other COVID-19 related pressures for employers when it comes to managing absenteeism.

Whether it’s the frequent self-isolators to those who think that the pandemic means their employers absence reporting procedures no longer apply, in this article we look at what an employer can do to tackle this growing problem and whether withholding pay is an option.

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