In what circumstances can an employee claim statutory sick pay?

An employee is entitled to statutory sick pay if he or she:

  • has worked for the employer under a contract of employment;
  • has earned not less than the lower earnings limit for national insurance contributions for the eight weeks prior to becoming sick;
  • has not been in receipt of certain state benefits within a specified time period;
  • is incapable of doing his or her work for four or more consecutive days, a "period of incapacity for work"; and
  • shows his or her employer evidence that he or she is sick, if such evidence is required by the employer.

Entitlement lasts for up to 28 weeks per period of incapacity for work.