Sick pay
Sick pay

The following Employment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Sick pay
  • Contractual sick pay
  • SSP—eligibility
  • SSP—definition of employee
  • SSP—excluded categories
  • Employer required to explain to employee why SSP not payable
  • SSP—incapable of working
  • SSP—limit of entitlement
  • Waiting days
  • Linked periods
  • More...

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: Brexit and IP completion day—implications for employment lawyers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Issues relating to sickness absence and pay during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme (CSSPRS) are considered in Practice Notes: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—sickness and other absence and Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme (CSSPRS).
FORTHCOMING CHANGE: A proposed new rate for statutory sick pay (SSP) which will be effective from April 2021 has been published by the government. It is £96.35 per week. For more information, see News Analysis: Rates of SMP, SSP, Maternity Allowance etc to be increased in April 2021.
UPDATE: Proposals for reducing ill health-related job loss have been set out in a government consultation running from 15 July 2019 to 7 October 2019. Proposals include:
  1. lowering the earnings threshold for SSP eligibility (those earning less than the

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