Statutory Sick Pay (“SSP”)

Sickness absence is covered by entitlement to SSP.
To qualify for SSP you must complete a self-certificate stating the reason for the first seven days of absence. Thereatier, you will need a certificate from your doctor (a “fit” certificate) stating whether you are fit to work. Failure to comply with these procedures means that absence from work will not have been authorised and will be considered a serious disciplinary matier which could lead to non-payment of salary and/or disciplinary action. Failure to provide certificates may result in sick pay being delayed or withheld and a disciplinary sanction.

SSP cannot be paid for the first 3 days of sickness. A period of up to 3 days absence is therefore unpaid. Eligibility for SSP starts on the 4th day of absence, and continues for as long as you are absent, up to a maximum of 28 weeks in any one period of sickness. SSP is paid four-weekly in the same way as normal earnings.

SSP is not payable in the following circumstances:

  • If your average weekly earnings are less than the figure set by the Government for the payment of National Insurance Contributions
  • For absence of less than 4 days
  • If you have failed to follow the sickness Notification Procedure If your employment has terminated
  • Where Statutory Maternity Pay is being paid to you
  • For days on which you do not normally work (e.g. if you work Monday to Friday and not at weekends, SSP will normally apply to those 5 days only).