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If you are an employee who is unable to work because of sickness, you will be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) provide that:
· you earn more than the Lower Earnings Limit for National Insurance Contribution. At the moment this is £90.00/ week before any deductions for Tax and NI.
· You are unable to work for 4 days or more, as SSP is not payable on the first 3 days an employee is unable to work.
You get statutory sick pay at one flat rate (which at the moment is £75.40) for each week that you are unable to work. This is subject to an entitlement limit of 28 weeks SSP in any three year period.
Your employer will ask for evidence that you are unable to work due to sickness, and this is usually in the form of a sick note from your GP.
SSP is a statutory minimum, and your employer may have agreed more generous sick pay entitlements, which will be part of your contract of employment. If that is the case, you are entitled to the more generous pay. If there is no entitlement agreed in your contract, then you will be entitled to the SSP.