Statutory sick pay, sickness and fit notes

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is paid to employees or workers (who pay Class 1 National Insurance Contributions) who cannot work because of sickness. We examine the details here.

Those who are self-employed (and pay Class 2 National Insurance Contributions) have no entitlement to Statutory Sick Pay, but may be able to claim Incapacity Benefit or Employment and Support Allowance (which was introduced to replace Incapacity Benefit in January 2011).

SSP is not paid for the first 3 days of your sickness (these are called ‘Waiting Days’), but after that you are paid SSP for the days that you normally work.

If your employer does not pay you SSP or you believe they are paying you an incorrect amount, and if you cannot sort this out with your employer, you can contact your local HM Revenue and Customs office who will help – details are here – you may also be able to make a claim for an ‘unlawful deduction of wages‘ through an Employment Tribunal.

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