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The Government has on Monday (15 July) launched a consultation seeking views on ways that the government and employers can take action to reduce ill-health related job loss. The proposals include, among others, a reform to the system of statutory sick pay (SSP).

The current system is “inflexible and does not reflect modern working practices, such as flexible working,” said the consultation document.

The proposals on SSP include amending the rules to enable an employee returning from a period of sickness absence to have a flexible, phased return to work and extending protection to those earning less than the Lower Earnings Limit (currently £118 per week) who do not currently qualify for SSP.

The government also proposed a rebate of SSP for small businesses to support greater employer action in helping their employees to return to work. The consultation also explores the potential of government co-funding of occupational health services for small businesses.

The consultation will close on 7 October.