Your employees may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), which is £116.75 a week for up to 28 weeks.

This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

You can offer more if you have a company sick pay scheme but you cannot offer less. Company schemes are also called ‘contractual’ or ‘occupational’ sick pay and must be included in an employment contract.

There’s a separate guide to Statutory Sick Pay if you’re an employee.

Holiday (or ‘annual leave’)

Statutory annual leave is accrued while the employee is off work sick (no matter how long they’re off) and can be taken during sick leave.