Generally, your employment contract will show what rights you have to company sick pay, and over what period. By law, there is no absolute entitlement to company sick pay. This decision is solely at your employer’s discretion.
You may be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (“SSP”), regardless of what is in your contract of employment. This may be an addition to any company sick pay if your employer has a sick pay policy.
The payment limit of SSP is generally, 28 weeks in a 3 year period. Currently, the weekly SSP amount is £95.85 per week.
There are a number of criteria that you must pass to qualify for SSP. These are that you must:
have 4 or more consecutive days of sickness (including Sundays and bank holidays). You must be incapable of carrying out your work (the first 3 “waiting days” do not qualify);
notify absence to your employer within their set deadlines (within 7 days if they do not have one);
supply evidence of you being incapacitated, such as self-certificate or doctor’s certificate;
earn at least £118.00 (before tax) per week.
If you are off work again within 8 weeks of your first absence, you do not need to clock up another 3 days before SSP becomes payable on the 4th day. These are known as “linked waiting days”.