Statutory Sickness Pay (SSP) is the standard payment you pay employees when they are unable to work.
Currently, this is set at £87.55 a week and is payable for up to 28 weeks. It is payable in the same way your employee’s wages are normally paid, so the same pay date is used and the same tax and National Insurance amounts are deducted. You can reclaim SSP through your payroll.
Employees can claim SSP if they’ve been ill for 4 consecutive days, give you the correct notice, are classed as an ‘employee’ and earn at least £111 per week.
When do I need to pay SSP?
SSP is payable after an employee has been off sick for 4 consecutive days. The first 3 days are called the ‘qualifying days’ and you don’t need to pay any SSP during this time, unless an employee has qualified for SSP within the last 8 weeks (known as ‘linking’).
Sickness periods become ‘linked’ when an employee is off for periods of at least 4 consecutive days with a gap of up to 8 weeks between them. If that is the case, you start paying SSP straight away because the qualifying days don’t count.
SSP is payable for up to 28 weeks, after this period ends, the employee can apply for Employment Support Allowance (ESA).
What if my employee doesn’t qualify for SSP?
Employees who don’t qualify for SSP for whatever reason, can apply for ESA through Jobcentre Plus. To do this, they’ll need an SSP1 form from you to help with their application. The SSP1 form confirms they don’t qualify for SSP and gives the reasons why.
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