Compliance Wrap: Scotland, Ireland, and Switzerland

New Scottish Benefit: Adult Disability Payment (ADP)
A new adult disability program will open in pilot areas of the country on March 21, 2022. Social Security Scotland will issue the payments to replace the current Personal Independence (PIP) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) that’s delivered by the UK Government’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

A rollout will continue through 2022, with additional phases in July and August.

Here’s a rundown of the phases:
March 21, 2022 – Workers living in Dundee City, Perth, Kinross, and Western Isles areas are eligible to apply if they have a disability and health condition and are not already receiving PIP or DLA benefits.

July 25, 2022 – Aberdeeneshire, Moray, and City of Aberdeen changes take place.

August 2022 – Individuals with ongoing PIP or DLA will have their awards auto transferred to the new Scottish system. There is no need for anyone to reapply for the benefits.

UK: Changes to Sick Pay Policies
In the UK, officials are making changes to relieve pressure that COVID-19 has been on the NHS, Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). The changes this month will allow employees to self-certify their own absences for up to 28 days time. This means that workers won’t be required to provide medical evidence to showcase an absence for the first 28 days they are out. This is a stark contrast from previous policies that required workers to provide documentation after seven days of an absence.

These new rules apply to England, Wales, and Scotland.

COVID Subsidies in Ireland
A debate is underway in Ireland about whether or not recipients of taxpayer-funded wage subsidies should repay their COVID subsidies. According to the Irish Times, the stipulations would apply if recipients “didn’t need it as much as they thought they did.” The move comes after controversies surrounding large corporations receiving the funds were brought to light.

Switzerland: New Work From Home Requirements
In Switzerland, workers are now required to work from home again. The measures went into effect this week in an attempt to curve COVID cases. This measure replaces the recommendation to work from home that was in effect for most of 2021.

We do know that there are some exceptions to the new requirement, including options for essential workers, including chefs, to report to work.

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