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Statutory Sick Pay

Your employees may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). This is paid at a set weekly rate for up to a maximum of 28 weeks.

It is paid for the days an employee normally works ie. ‘qualifying days’ and is paid when they are sick for 4 consecutive qualifying days or more.

If an employee has worked for any part of a day and then goes off sick then this cannot be counted as a day’s absence.

The first 3 days of sickness are not paid as SSP but are called ‘waiting days’. The only exception to this is when a new period of sickness occurs within 8 weeks of a previous period of sickness and the employee is sick for another period of 4 consecutive days or more.

To be eligible for SSP, employees must:

• have an employment contract have done some work under their contract

• have been sick for 4 or more days in a row (including non-working days) - known as a ‘period of incapacity for work’

• earn at least £111 a week

• give you the correct notice

• give you proof of their illness, only after 7 days off

Further information is available here.

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Alison is a wonderful help, and is always at hand to sort out queries regarding staff holiday pay, and sick pay issues, even after I have run the monthly payroll. Her quick response resolves most things, and it's like having someone behind you in the office doing it for you!

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