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  • Statutory Sick Pay and Fit Note

    Author: C Boal

    To qualify for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) you must:
    • be classed as an employee and have done some work for your employer
    • have been ill for at least 4 days in a row (including non–working days)
    • earn at least £112 (before tax) per week
    • tell your employer you’re sick before their deadline – or within 7 days if they don’t have one
    You won’t qualify if you:
    • have received the maximum amount of SSP (28 weeks) 
    • have taken 3 years or more ‘linked periods’ of sickness – where 4 or more days of sickness happen within 8 weeks of each other
    • are getting statutory maternity, paternity, adoption or additional paternity pay

    Fit notes (or sick notes)

    You only have to give your employer a doctor’s fit note if you miss more than 7 days of work.


    Employers can also ask employees to fill in a form when they return to work to confirm they’ve been off sick for up to 7 days. This is called ‘self–certification’. Employers usually provide their own version of this form OR complete the form online and print it off for your employer


    For further information go to GOV.UK website click here

    Categories: Surgery