Sick Pay


Employers to Spell Out Sickness Policy

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has urged employers to tell staff to take time off work to recover when they are ill, as it found that sick employees are dragging themselves into work for fear of giving a bad impression. The survey, conducted for Benylin, found that 73% of employers would prefer staff to stay at home and recover when they are sick, rather than spend an unproductive day in the office. It also found that 57% of staff would not take a day off unless they were severely ill. BCC policy director Chris Hannant said: “In the current economic environment employees may feel the need more than ever to go beyond the call of duty and work through an infectious illness. However, this is not the way to make a positive impression. Given the gap between employer and employee v... »

Sick Pay Guide for Employers

Information Further Help For more information about SSP you can also visit the Department for Work & Pensions website at For more information about employment rights employees and employers can contact Acas, go to or phone 08457 474 747. Statutory Sick Pay calculator The Statutory Sick Pay calculator is available on the HMRC website – go to The calculator will help employers work out if their employee is entitled to SSP and if so, provide a schedule of the weekly payments that employers should make. It will also help you work out if employers are entitled to recover any of the SSP they have paid to all their employees in each tax month. Employees and employers in Northern Ireland Arrangements in Northern Ireland are bas... »