You’re only responsible for paying SSP if:
- you pay Class 1 National Insurance contributions for your employee (or would do if not for their age or their level of earnings)
- your employee was sick for 4 or more days in a row (including non-working days)
- your employee has told you they’re sick within your own time limit (or 7 days if you do not have one)
You cannot use the calculator for periods of sickness before 6 April 2011.
Sick leave because of coronavirus (COVID-19)
Do not use the calculator if your employee is self-isolating because either:
- you’ve been notified by the NHS or a public health authority that you’ve been in contact with someone with coronavirus
- someone in your ‘support bubble’ (or your ‘extended household’ if you live in Scotland or Wales) has symptoms or has tested positive for coronavirus
You’ll need to work out the SSP manually.
Different periods of sick leave
You can combine periods of sick leave if the gap between them is 8 weeks or less. These are called ‘linked Periods of Incapacity for Work (PIW)’.
If there’s more than one linked PIW, you’ll need to work out the SSP manually.