Statutory Sick Pay

Statutory Sick Pay

What is it?

Statutory Sick Pay sets your minimum entitlement when you are unable to work at your job due to sickness.

Your employer may also run their own sick pay scheme it (a 'company’ or occupational sick pay scheme). If you aren't entitled to anything under a company scheme, your employer should still pay you Statutory Sick Pay if you are eligible

Can I get it?

If you're working for an employer under a contract of service (even if you've only just started), you're entitled to Statutory Sick Pay if the following apply:

  • you're sick for at least four days in a row (including weekends and bank holidays and days that you do not normally work)
  • you're earning above the lower limit (currently £112 a week)

Self employed people are not covered under this scheme.

How do I claim?

Your employer will be able to tell you how to claim Statutory Sick Pay. They may run an occupational sick pay scheme that includes Statutory Sick Pay.

Statutory Sick Pay is usually paid in the same way as your wages from your employer and into your bank account.  If your employer can't pay your Stautory Sick Pay they must give you a form SSP1 explaining why and you can then contact the Jobcentre Plus to ask about claiming Employment and Support Allowance.

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