Understanding statutory sick pay



COVID-19: Temporary change to fit notes and SSP

There is a temporary removal of the three-day waiting period for employees claiming statutory sick pay (SSP) as a result of COVID-19 only. If an employee needs to self-isolate for medical reasons to protect others they will be treated as being ill.

Employees do not need to go to a GP as there is a 28-day allowance for self-declaration. This is a temporary measure in place from 17 December 2021 until 26 January 2022. See further guidance on managing workplace absence and sickness.

If the employee cannot work while self-isolating because of coronavirus they could get SSP for every day they are in isolation, from day one. They must self-isolate for at least four days to be eligible.

Employees are sometimes unable to attend work owing to sickness. As long as they meet certain qualifying conditions, all such employees are entitled to receive statutory sick pay (SSP).

This guide explains what SSP is, who's entitled to it, and how you should calculate and pay it. It then goes on to explain key terms, how you can recover SSP and your record-keeping obligations.

Finally the guide looks at occupational (contractual) sick pay, other contractual issues and dismissal for long-term sickness absence.

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