Statutory Sick Pay
If you're an employee and unable to work because you're ill you may be able to get Statutory Sick Pay. It is paid by your employer and can be paid for up to 28 weeks.
There is temporary removal of the three day waiting period if you are claiming Statutory Sick Pay. If you need to self isolate for medical reasons to protect others you will be treated as being ill. You do not need to go to a GP as there is a seven day allowance for self-declaration.
If you cannot work while you’re self-isolating because of coronavirus (COVID-19), you could get SSP for every day you’re in isolation, from day one. You must self-isolate for at least four days to be eligible.
If you were self-isolating before 13 March because you had symptoms, your SSP will begin from the fourth day.
If you were self-isolating before 13 March because someone in your household had symptoms, you cannot get SSP.
Information for employees
If you report sick, ask your employer to pay you Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) while you are sick. You don’t need to complete a form to do this.
Your employer may offer a sick pay scheme that is more generous than the legal minimum (SSP). Your employer can offer any scheme that does not fall below the legal minimum.
If your employer cannot pay you SSP or your SSP will end soon, they will give you a form SSP1 to tell you this.
If you are given an SSP1, you may claim Employment and Support Allowance.
More information about Statutory Sick Pay can be accessed at Statutory Sick Pay - GOV.UK.
Information for employers
You must fill in form SSP1 when an employee is not entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), or when an employee’s SSP has come to or is coming to an end.
Use the link below to download and complete claim form SSP1.