Sick Leave Entitlement

As an employer, there’s a fine line to tread between “punishing employees for being sick” and being unduly lenient on those who fancy a day off now and again. Fortunately there’s plenty of legislation to assist employees and employers alike in finding a happy medium.

Paid sick leave kicks in on the fourth consecutive day of sickness, regardless of whether they are working days. If the employee has been off sick within the previous 8 weeks, however, sick pay might start immediately.

A “fit note” (known as a doctor’s note) is only required after seven consecutive days of illness. Fit notes can be requested earlier, although some doctors may charge for this service. The doctor can be a person’s GP or a relevant specialist in a hospital. The fit note is not necessarily an in or out choice – it can give details as to certain tasks that the employee cannot perform, for example heavy lifting, while being otherwise employed normally.

Statutory Sick Pay is only payable to contracted employees and for days normally worked, up to a maximum of 28 weeks. The SSP rate is currently £88.45 per week so long as the employee earns £112 per week or more. Some companies offer occupational sick pay or contractual sick pay which is higher than SSP. If the employee has yet to do any work for the employer, the employer is not obliged to pay for sick leave.

Peninsula Business Services can provide advice and assistance on any aspect of sick leave entitlement. Contact us today – call 0800 0282 420, or use our callback form to arrange for us to get in touch at a time that is convenient for you.