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What Are The Statutory Sick Pay Guidelines?

Statutory sick pay (‘SSP’) is a universal payment all employers must pay, should their employees be signed off from work due to sickness. Some companies offer contractual sick pay – i.e. full pay for a period however more companies rely on government SSP guidelines.

If SSP applies, then the first question to be asked is – does the employee earn more than the lower earnings limit? The current rate for 2019 – 2020 is £118 per week. If the employee earns less than this then the employee would need to claim sick pay from the job centre. There is a SSP1 form online for the employer to complete. The employer does not pay anything during this period (unless contractual sick pay is available).

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Understanding A Fit Note

What Is A Fit Note?

fit note is a statement of fitness for work. It is given by a GP or hospital doctor stating that the employee is unfit for work or if temporary workplace adjustments are needed. 

A fit note will give details of the illness and recommended dates of how long to remain off work. 

It is important to note that the sick dates are guidance, this does not necessarily mean that the employee needs to wait until the expiry date to return back to work. Medical experts suggest employees should be able to return back to work when they are ready as it may help with their recovery period.

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Statutory Sick Pay: Reclamation Cessation

As of 6 April 2014 employers will no longer be able to claim back the last remaining subsidy for the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) of employees.

When speaking to the average citizen about SSP over the years, the abiding belief has more or less always been that SSP is either partly or fully paid by the Government. Employers and Employment Lawyers of course know that this is simply not true and that the now defunct Percentage Threshold Scheme (PTS) only came into play when an employer’s liability for SSP in a certain month was more than 13% of its National Insurance contributions for the same period.

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