SSP stands for Statutory Sick Pay. If you qualify then your employer must pay this amount. If you don’t qualify your employer will issue you with an SSP 1 Form.
To qualify for SSP you must:
- Have a contract of employment
- Have been sick for 4 or more days in a row. This is known as a period of incapacity for work.
- Earn above the Lower Earnings Limit.
- Give the correct notice
- Give your employer proof of your illness, only after 7 days.
You may not be eligible for SSP if:
- You have received the maximum amount of SSP (28 weeks)
- Are getting Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) or Maternity Allowance
- Are off work for a pregnancy related illness in the 4 weeks before the week the baby is due
- Were in custody or on strike on the first day of sickness
- Are working outside the EU and you’re not liable for your national insurance contributions
- You received employment and support allowance within 12 weeks of starting or returning to work
If you are not eligible then you must receive an SSP1 form within 7 days.