If sick pay runs out
Employees will still build up paid holiday if they're off sick, even if they're not getting sick pay. They could talk to their employer about using their holiday entitlement if their sick pay runs out.
They might also be eligible for benefits from the government.
Even if sick pay runs out, there's still an employment contract between the employer and the employee.
The employee should keep:
- reporting their sickness to the employer
- following the employer's rules for sickness
The employer should:
- keep in touch with the employee while they're off
- be clear about sick pay entitlement and when it's due to run out
If sickness is affecting someone's ability to do their job
If sickness is affecting an employee's ability to do their job, their employer should plan:
- any support or adjustments that might help the employee return to work
- how the employee will return to work, once they’re well enough
If an employee is disabled, their employer must make reasonable adjustments.
Sometimes an employee's sickness means they cannot return to work. This can be a complex area. For advice on what to do in this situation, contact the Acas helpline.