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Sick pay policy

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A model sick pay policy which is in line with best practice, contains clear and effective wording, and is easy to edit.

Sick pay

Overview

The purpose of this policy is to cover rules for entitlements to sick pay.

Scope

This policy is applicable to all employees of [company name].

General principles

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

Most employees have a right to statutory sick pay (SSP) as long as they earn more than the lower earnings level, and are not over state retirement age. SSP is not however payable for the first three qualifying days of absence. (A qualifying day is a day on which you are normally expected to work under your contract of employment).

There is a limit of 28 weeks SSP in any one period of sickness or linked periods. (Periods of sickness are said to be linked if the second period starts within eight weeks of the end of the first period.)

SSP is paid in the same way as ordinary pay and is liable to tax and National Insurance contri

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Reviewed 1 May 2022

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