Understanding statutory sick pay

Introduction

Guide

COVID-19: Fit notes and SSP

In Northern Ireland, if an employee cannot work while self-isolating because of coronavirus, they could get SSP for every day they are in isolation, from day one. They must self-isolate for at least four days to be eligible. This provision applies in Northern Ireland until 24 September 2022.

Employees will need to provide a fit note after 7 days of sickness to claim SSP from their employer. See manage workplace absence and sickness.

Employees are sometimes unable to attend work owing to sickness. As long as they meet certain qualifying conditions, all such employees are entitled to receive statutory sick pay (SSP).

This guide explains what SSP is, who's entitled to it, and how you should calculate and pay it. It then goes on to explain key terms, how you can recover SSP and your record-keeping obligations.

Finally, the guide looks at occupational (contractual) sick pay, other contractual issues and dismissal for long-term sickness absence.

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