Sick pay

Rachel SharpEditor'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 choose 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

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