Sickness Absence and Sick Pay

If you are too unwell to attend my assignment or unfit for work, this page includes the details of who you need to inform and your sick pay entitlements.

First of all, if you are too unwell to attend work, make sure that you notify your Step Ahead consultant and your supervisor as soon as possible and prior to 9am on the first day on which you are unable to attend your assignment due to ill health.

We’ll endeavour to provide cover for you and if possible to enable you to return to your assignment when fit for work again. Your consultant needs to know how long you anticipate being away from work and may fix a time when you will speak again to see if your health is improving as expected. If leaving a message, remember to give your full name and where you are working.

Am I entitled to receive Statutory Sick Pay?

If you are unfit for work then, subject to the following conditions being met (and any other conditions of the regulations in force at the relevant time), you will be paid Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) at the prevailing rate on your usual payday.

Please note that SSP is only paid for qualifying days and the daily rate is the weekly rate of SSP divided by the number of qualifying days for which you are receiving SSP. For SSP purposes, that week begins on a Sunday.

SSP is treated like pay and deductions for Tax and National Insurance are made in the usual way prior to payment.

What if I am not eligible for Statutory Sick Pay?

If you do not meet the criteria for Step Ahead to pay you Statutory Sick Pay, we may give you a form SSP1 telling you why SSP is not being paid or why it is ending and the last payment date.You can use this form to support a claim for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). You can find out more about ESA here.

What is the Value of Statutory Sick Pay?

You can find out more information about the current rate of SSP here.

Where can I find a self-certification form?

Visit this link for a self-certificate form.

Please send this form through to your Step Ahead consultant or our Corporate Services department, who will help to determine your entitlements and process your payment.

My doctor has provided me with a ‘fit note’/Certification that I ‘may be fit for work’. What do I do with this?

The fit note has replaced the medical certificate (sick note) that doctors previously supplied when an employee was unfit for work for more than 7 days. A fit note allows your doctor to provide you with more information on how your condition affects your ability to work. This will help us to understand how we might be able to help you return to work sooner.

If you are given a fit note, send this to us as soon as possible and we’ll enter into discussions with you about how we may be able to assist you in returning to work.

If you have any further questions about sickness absence and sick pay please contact a member of our team, we’ll be happy to help.

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