COVID-19: Update

With the news from Government on Tuesday 3rd March about the potential risks and spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the launch of its plan the BPMA has summarised the practical ways in which we can all play a part in helping stop the escalation and how we can support members.

With impact being felt by the industry already, it is important to understand your duties as businesses and employers at this time, to help minimise the expected disruption to day to day working.

The BPMA is able to reiterate and share the advice from Public Health England and Government and urge members experiencing difficulties to contact us to see how we can support you.

The Government has confirmed on Wednesday 4th March that SSP (statutory sick pay) will be paid from day one rather than the current day four. PM Boris Johnson said people who self-isolate help to protect others from the virus and should not be “penalised for doing the right thing”. The emergency legislation means those employees will receive an extra £40.

Read here for more detailed information about your responsibilities as an employer and what you can expect as an employee.

The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) will also be registering that COVID-19 is a ‘notifiable disease’ making any claims arising from business disruption valid. This will help companies seek compensation through their insurance policies in the event of any cancellations they may have to make as a result of the spread of the virus.

With inevitable disruption ahead, we urge BPMA members to keep lines of communication open, raising issues and concerns as the situation unfolds to help us form a picture of how the industry is responding.

Contact Carey Trevill  or any member of the team at the BPMA on 01372 371 184 or email regarding this or any other concerns.

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