The statutory sick pay (SSP) scheme provides employees who are absent from work for a minimum level of income in place of wages. Employees can instead choose to pay occupational sick pay as long as this is at least equal to the SSP that the employee would receive.

This topic explains the qualifying conditions for SSP and the workers that are not covered by SSP, when to withhold payment and when to stop paying it and the recovery of SSP.

In March 2020 the Government introduced a number of temporary changes to eligibility and payment of SSP in response to problems caused by the coronavirus. These measures are considered below — see SSP and the Coronavirus.

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