“Occupational & Statutory Sick Pay” Definitions Sick pay consists of two elements – Occupational sick pay and Statutory sick pay. • Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Statutory sick pay is the government sick pay scheme that we are statutorily obliged to pay to our employees provided they have paid sufficient National Insurance contributions. Statutory sick pay is paid after the fourth working day of absence. It is paid for a period of up to 28 weeks at a current rate of £75.40 per week. • Occupational Sick Pay (OSP) Occupational sick pay is paid in addition to SSP and is a sick pay scheme devised by the employer. East Sussex County Council bases its OSP entitlements on average earnings and continuous service in compliance with APT & C conditions of service. Sickness Allowance Length of Service Entitlement for employees Entitlement for employees with no previous recognised with previous recognised service service During First year of service No Entitlement 1 months full pay and (after completing 4 months service) 2 months half pay During Second year of service 1 months full pay and (after 2 months full pay and 2 months completing 16 months service) 2 half pay months half pay During Third year of service 2 months full pay and 2 months 4 months full pay and 4 months half pay half pay During Fourth year of service 4 months full pay and 4 months 5 months full pay and 5 months half pay half pay During Fifth year of service 5 months full pay and 5 months 5 months full pay and 5 months half pay half pay After Five years service 6 months full pay and 6 months half pay During Sixth year 5 months full pay and 5 months half pay After Six years service 6 months full pay and 6 months half pay To establish when an employee reduces to half, or nil pay, amount of sickness taken during the 12 months immediately preceding the first day of absence is determined. This amount is then deducted from the appropriate sickness allowance. Changes in hours and individual rotas are also taken into consideration where appropriate.