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All employers should be aware that if an employee’s contract entitles them to receive only a week’s notice for every year’s service up to 12 years (i.e. the minimum statutory requirement) and no salary during sickness absence, then the employer is obliged to pay full salary while the employee is off sick during the notice period. So what can you do about it? If the employee’s contractual notice exceeds the statutory minimum by at least a week the employer is only required to pay Statutory Sick Pay, assuming the employee is on sick leave for the period of his notice.