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This is a letter asking an employer for sick leave or a leave of absence due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). The primary purpose of this letter is to put such a request for leave in writing to an employer. Often, requests for such leave are made orally and informally prior to a formal request, but it doesn't have to be that way. Regardless, it is good practice to put a request for sick leave or a leave of absence into an official letter to keep everything documented and avoid disputes later on.
Current government guidance on taking sick leave from work due to the coronavirus entitles workers to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) from day one of their illness and it is requested that they employer confirms this in the letter. Where a leave of absence is being requested, this letter can be used where the reason for such absence is due to disruption from coronavirus. Workers who are requesting a leave of absence are not entitled to receive any pay for this by law unless provided for in their contract of employment. However, this letter requests that the employer adequately supports the worker making the request due to the coronavirus outbreak
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This letter formalises a request for sick leave or a leave of absence due to the coronavirus to an employer. Whether or not verbal approval has already been given, it is still important to make sure the official request is in writing.
In this letter, address and header information should be entered for both the sender and the recipient. Information about the expected date of return to work should be entered. Where the letter is a request for sick leave and the sender has a letter from their doctor confirming such sickness, this should be attached to the letter.
Employment Rights Act 1996
Employment Relations Act 1999
Social Security Contribution and Benefits Act 1992
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