Statutory Sick Pay Guide for Employers (2011-2012)

Example - Weekly paid employee

This Sick Pay Guide is reference only. For the most up-to-date advice see the Statutory Sick Pay Guide for Employers (2012-2013)

Operating the SSP Scheme

When does payment stop?

Employee returns to work for you

You usually stop paying SSP when your employee returns to work. You should work out if any SSP is still owing to them for days of sickness before they returned to work and pay it on their next normal payday.

Maximum 28 weeks’ entitlement paid

If your employee is still off when you have paid SSP for

28 weeks, fill in form SSP1 and send it to your employee without delay. Your employee will need to use form SSP1 to claim Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

If you know in advance that your employee will continue to get SSP for the full 28 weeks, you should issue form SSP1 at the 23rd week to ensure there is a smooth change over to ESA.

Pregnancy related illness

If your employee has a pregnancy related illness in the 4 weeks before their baby is due, SSP should stop being paid, see page 23 for more information.

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