Employers are increasingly putting the onus on their staff to fund their own sick leave provision, according to a study by Group Risk Development (GRiD), the trade body for the group risk industry.

Interviews with 500 businesses found that 38 per cent of respondents felt no obligation to support sick staff or their families if they died.

Moreover, 55 per cent of those asked said that they relied on the state-funded statutory sick pay (SSP) of £79 per week to support those on long-term sick leave.

The trend towards getting employees to make their own provision for financial protection is a response to increasingly flexible working practices, according to GRiD.

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