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Signing off sick for coronavirus (2)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of Onkar Sahota Onkar Sahota Labour

Gig economy, self employed people, and the very low paid are often not able to claim sick pay, which presents them with a choice between self-isolation and paying the bills. Will you raise this with the Government and employers and ask them to assure you that all staff in London will be able to follow public health guidance without impacting their personal finances?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

This is a very fast moving emergency situation, so please note that this response was based on the developments and advice given at the time.

We all need to work together to protect the health of all Londoners, and all employers and employees need to ensure they are following all health protection guidance from Public Health England (PHE).

Some casual and workers on zero-hours contracts will be eligible for statutory sick pay and I encourage employers and workers to check their entitlement.

The government’s confirmation that statutory sick pay will be paid from day one is welcome. But at but at £94.25 a week it has the potential to disrupt the incomes of the most vulnerable groups. I urge the government to go further in their support for the most vulnerable.

I remain concerned that many people in London may not be eligible. The government is still not doing enough to support these groups and I will continue to raise the issue. I will also use my ongoing engagement with employers to promote good employment practice.