As long as the employee qualifies, the employee will be entitled to 28 weeks of sick pay.
To qualify, the employee will need to meet the following criteria:
- Have an employment contract
- Have done some work under their contract
- Have been sick for 4 or more days in a row (including non-working days)- known as ‘period of incapacity to work’
- Earn an average of at least £118 per week
- Give the correct notice
- Give proof of illness
If an employee returns to work from sickness and then goes off sick again within 8 weeks, the employee will only be entitled to whatever SSP remains from the previous period of sickness.
If an employee does go off sick, then comes back to work, but goes off sick again within 8 weeks. This is deemed as a ‘linked’ period of sickness (an absence that can be tagged on to the previous one).
SSP for linked periods of sickness should only be paid for a maximum of three years.
If the employee goes off sick again after 8 weeks or more than the end of their last period of sickness, they will be entitled to a ‘fresh lot’ of the 28 weeks SSP entitlement again (as long as they meet the qualifying conditions.
Example: Employee goes off sick 1st January 2018 and takes 28 weeks SSP until 15 July 2018. On the 10 September 2018 (over 8 weeks from the date they returned to work from the previous period of absence), the employee then went off sick again. The employee would then be entitled to a further 28 weeks SSP.
SSP is £94.25 as of the 2nd May 2019.
Note: Government makes changes to these amounts generally in April of each year. You can check these details with our membership advisors if you are unsure by calling 01565 626001 or visit to the Gov.uk website.