Your HR queries

Dear DW Nye

Thank you for your query

If your employee meets the lower earnings level he will automatically be entitled to up to 28 weeks of statutory sick pay. SSP is paid from the fourth qualifying (the fourth day he normally works) day of absence onwards, provided that he meets SSP requirements and supplies a medical note after the first seven days of absence. The seven days are irrespective of his normal working days. You can accept medical notes retrospectively. SSP is set by the Government and is currently £87.55 a week and subject to tax and NIC deductions. If your company pays occupational sick pay you should also pay that along the lines specified in the employment contract, though there’s nothing to stop you enhancing entitlement and paying a bit more. OSP normally tops up SSP so the employee receives a sum equivalent to his usual wages or a proportion of his wages.

Kind regards

Kate