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)

Overview of the SSP Scheme

General Information

Employees and employers in Northern Ireland

Arrangements in Northern Ireland are similar to those in Great Britain, but there are differences in detail.

  • Northern Ireland has its own legislation covering SSP.
  • The Incapacity Benefit Branch (IB), Castle Court, Belfast deals with Incapacity Benefit claims. For more information go to or phone 0289 03 36 000.
  • Free confidential advice on employment law is available from the Labour Relations Agency (LRA). Go to or phone 028 9032 1442.
  • For employers in Northern Ireland or employers based elsewhere in the UK but with employees who work in northern Ireland, there is a Northern Ireland version of form SSP1 to use where an employee is not entitled to SSP. Go to Social Security Agency (SSA) website at

Further information

For more information about SSP you can go to:

For more information about employment rights employees and employers can contact Acas at or phone 08457 47 47 47.

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