Editor's message: Provided that they meet the criteria, employees who are unable to work due to illness are able to claim statutory sick pay, which is paid at a flat rate. However, many employers will want to go beyond the statutory requirements and offer occupational sick pay at a higher rate, making up some or all of the difference between statutory sick pay and the employee's normal earnings.
Employers are not obliged to operate the statutory sick pay scheme if they offer occupational sick pay that is as generous as, or more generous than, the statutory scheme.
Rachel Sharp, HR practice editor
Updated to include the new statutory sick pay rate and lower earnings limit in force from April 2017.
The Government has published the statutory rates for maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay and sick pay from April 2017.
Updated to include the proposed rate of statutory sick pay and earnings threshold for 2017/18.
Updated to include the rate of the lower earnings limit for 2017/18.
The consultation will seek views on reforming sick pay, fit notes, and the Work Capability Assessment. It will also examine proposals including the introduction of a group committed to increasing employer engagement around disabled employment, and large-scale trials targeted at supporting disabled people and those with long-term health conditions back into work.
The Government has announced plans to overhaul the GP fit note and statutory sick pay, as well as reform the way that disabled people on sick leave are assessed for fitness for work.
We look at employment law changes due to come into effect in April 2016, including the national living wage.
A worked example setting out how to deal with an employee's notice period and payment where: the contract is terminated by the employer due to long-term incapacity; the employee has 10 months' service and exhausted all entitlement to sick pay; and the contractual notice period is one month.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to sick pay.