In these unprecedented times, Axiom Stone Solicitors will, in common with other businesses, be following the Government's official advice on social distancing and social isolating.

Public health measures must have the highest priority and, as a result, some staff will be working from home. Also, our offices will be closed to visitors.

However, we wish to reassure existing and potential clients that we will continue to provide the highest levels of service.

Please be assured we have a robust business continuity plan in place that is designed to minimise the impact on our service to you.

In addition, please continue to contact us electronically or by phone in relation to the progress of your matters or on any issues of concern to you.

Until further notice, service of claim forms, application notices and all other court documents and contractual notices must be made to our head office only (we shall not accept service through any other means). Our head office address is at Axiom Stone Solicitors, Axiom House, 1 Spring Villa Road, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7EB. We ask that all other correspondence be sent by email to the relevant member of Axiom Stone Solicitors. In the event that service of court documents or contractual notices is attempted by post, courier, DX, or fax to any address other than that of our Head Office, we cannot provide any assurance that they will be received or processed. We are grateful for your understanding at this time.

We will update this information regularly on our website (Please see COVID-19 Updates Here) and via social media.

Finally, we urge everybody to follow the official advice on fighting the virus outbreak so enabling you to stay safe and well.

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Sickness and incapacity

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the rules around Statutory Sick Pay (‘SSP’) have changed, whilst an employer retains complete discretion over whether to offer company sick pay as well.

  • To qualify for SSP an employee must have four or more consecutive days of sickness (including weekends and holidays) and/or be self-isolating in accordance with government guidelines and shielding in accordance with a notification
  • Online isolation notes can be used by employees to provide evidence to their employers that they have had to self-isolate
  • SSP can be claimed from the first day of incapacity in respect of absences from 13 March 2020
  • Employers will fewer than 250 employees can reclaim SSP paid in respect of the first 14 days of COVID19-related sickness absence, which has retrospective effect from 14 March 2020

SSP is payable for up to 28 weeks at a weekly rate subject to current limits.

While there is no specific statutory provision giving an employee the right to time off work because of sickness, it would be unfair if an employer dismissed an employee for sickness absence without properly investigating the absence first (provided the employee has qualifying service). It may be that an employee is disabled under the Equality Act 2010 in which case the dismissal would also be discriminatory.