Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
By law, employers must pay Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) to employees and workers when they meet eligibility conditions, including when:
- they've been off sick or self-isolating for at least 4 days in a row, including non-working days
- they earn on average at least £120 a week, before tax
- they've told their employer within any deadline the employer has set or within 7 days
Agency, casual and zero-hours workers can get SSP if they meet the eligibility conditions.
How much Statutory Sick Pay is
SSP is £96.35 a week and can be paid for up to 28 weeks.
The first 3 days of sickness absence
If an employer only pays Statutory Sick Pay (SSP):
- they do not have to pay SSP for the first 3 days of sickness absence, except when it's for self-isolation for COVID-19
- they must pay SSP from the fourth day of sickness absence
SSP is the minimum amount employers must pay. Check your employment contract or workplace's policy to see if your organisation pays more and whether the first 3 days of sickness absence are paid or unpaid.
COVID-19 and Statutory Sick Pay
If someone cannot work because they need to stay at home to self-isolate, they may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).
If they're eligible, they must be paid SSP for every day they're off work while self-isolating. This is different to the usual rules for SSP where the first 3 days are unpaid.
More about Statutory Sick Pay
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