Statutory sick pay

Ensuring your payroll is healthy

Ensuring your payroll is healthy

Statutory sick pay (or SSP) is paid to employees who are unable to work due to illness, and is paid in the same way and at the same time that wages are paid.

Employees will need to meet the following criteria to be paid SSP:

  • They must have been off work with illness for 4 or more days in a row (this includes non-working days).
  • They must have one Qualifying Day in each week – i.e. days they would normally work.
  • They must earn at least £112 (before tax) per week, which is the lower earnings limit (or LEL) for National Insurance contributions.
  • They must have notified you of their illness within 7 days of the first day of their sickness.
  • They must provide medical evidence of illness if you ask them for it.

Employees will not qualify if:

  • They have already received the maximum of 28 weeks SSP per year.
  • They have taken 3 years or more periods of sickness where 4 or more days of illness occur within 8 weeks of each other.
  • They are currently receiving Statutory Maternity Pay.

SSP is currently paid at £88.45 a week and is payable for up to 28 weeks.

This information is intended as a referencing guide only. Please visit the HMRC website for more detailed information and current updates.

As part of our payroll service, we will take care of any statutory sick pay issues. If you would like to talk to us about how our payroll service could save your business time, hassle, and money, speak to one of our friendly team now on 01621 829632.

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