Many smaller employers pay statutory sick pay (SSP) only during sickness absence. However, it seems that many employees don’t know what SSP is or how long it will last for. What are the rules? SSP, which rises to £92.05 p.w on 6 April 2018, can only be paid for a maximum of 28 weeks. Thereafter, you no longer have to pay it, but the employee may be able to claim Employment Support Allowance from the government. It’s worth spelling this out to staff so they can consider making other financial provisions.
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