The Budget 2020: what HR professionals need to know

| March 12, 2020

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With coronavirus recently being officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), this is an issue at the forefront of most people’s minds right now. While the UK has yet to implement widespread social isolation measures (at the time of writing), the government did set out measures to mitigate the effects of the outbreak. This includes ensuring that all employees who have to self-isolate are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). In a bid to soften the blow for small businesses, the Chancellor announced that companies with fewer than 250 staff will be refunded for sick pay payments for two weeks.

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In recent weeks, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced that it will exercise discretion when it comes to enforcing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Penalties will not be imposed on businesses for 'good faith uses and disclosures of PHI by business associates for public health and health oversight activities'. Although offering welcome respite for healthcare companies and their associates as they focus on saving lives, the respite is actually short-lived and shouldn’t be seen as a potential free pass. Critically, the discretion does not extend the length and breadth of the Privacy Rule, meaning there’s no let up on the need for businesses to safeguard data confidentiality and the secure transmission of electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI).

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