To qualify for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) you must:
- be classed as an employee and have done some work for your employer
- have been ill for at least 4 days in a row (including non-working days)
- earn an average of at least £116 per week
- tell your employer you’re sick before their deadline - or within 7 days if they do not have one
Agency workers are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay.
You will not qualify if you:
- have received the maximum amount of SSP (28 weeks)
- are getting Statutory Maternity Pay
You can still qualify if you started your job recently and you have not received 8 weeks’ pay yet. Ask your employer to find out more.
Linked periods of sickness
If you have regular periods of sickness, they may count as ‘linked’. To be linked, the periods must:
- last 4 or more days each
- be 8 weeks or less apart
You’re no longer eligible for SSP if you have a continuous series of linked periods that lasts more than 3 years.
Fit notes (or sick notes)
You only have to give your employer a doctor’s fit note if you’re off sick for more than 7 days in a row (including non-working days).
If you’re not eligible or your SSP ends
If your SSP is ending your employer must send you form SSP1 either:
- within 7 days of your SSP ending, if it ends unexpectedly while you’re still sick
- on or before the beginning of the 23rd week, if your SSP is expected to end before your sickness does
If you do not qualify for SSP your employer must send you form SSP1 either:
- within 7 days of you going off sick
- on the first payday after you return to work