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Fact Sheet Statutory Sick Pay Rules Jobs all

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									Factsheet 14

STATUTORY SICK PAY RULES


Who is eligible for Statutory Sick Pay?
Employees may be able to get Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), if they
have:
     been sick for at least four or more days in row (including
         weekends, bank holidays and days that you do not
         normally work)
     average earnings of at least £97 a week


What days are employees entitled to be paid for?
SSP is paid for qualifying days. These are the days on which
employees would normally work for you under a Contract of
Employment.                 However it is not payable for the first three
qualifying days, these days are known as waiting days.


If employees work part-time, they must still serve three waiting
days before they can get payment. This means they may not
receive a payment at the start of their period of illness.


If employees have a varied work pattern, their qualifying days
may be different in each week that they work. Please speak to
your Payroll Department about this if you are unsure.




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Examples:
Example 1.
If an employee works Monday to Friday and becomes sick on a
Friday their waiting days will be Friday, Monday and Tuesday. If
they continue to be sick, SSP will be paid from Wednesday.


Example 2.
If an employee works Thursday and Friday and becomes sick on a
Friday their waiting days will be the Friday of the week that they
are first sick and the Thursday and Friday of the next week. If they
continue to be sick, SSP will only be paid from the Thursday of the
following week.


How are earnings calculated?
Your employee must have average earnings of £97 a week before
tax and National Insurance contributions are deducted. This level
of earnings is called the Lower Earnings Limit for National
Insurance Contributions (NIC) and is reviewed every year. This is
lower than the amount employees would need to earn before
they start paying National Insurance Contributions.


Employees average weekly earnings are calculated over an eight
week period before their sickness began. This period may vary
slightly depending on whether employees are paid weekly,
monthly or have other pay patterns.


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cannot accept liability for any errors, omissions or out of date information.

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Only earnings actually paid in this eight week period can be used
for the average earnings calculation. These earnings must be
subject to National Insurance Contributions or would be if your
earnings were high enough and may include: -


     employees normal earnings
     bonuses
     holiday pay
     overtime
     other Statutory Payments


If your employee is off work due to illness please contact your
Payroll Department and they will advise you of any steps that
need to be taken.




Disclaimer - Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the information in these Fact sheets is accurate, Jobs4all
cannot accept liability for any errors, omissions or out of date information.

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