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  • Sickness Absence Documents - Letter enclosing Form SSP1
    Letter enclosing Form SSP1You must provide Form SSP1 to an employee when their SSP is coming, or has come, to an end as the information you give on it will help the government to decide on the employee's benefit claim. If you know in advance that the employee's SSP is to end before their incapacity does, make sure you issue the form, and our letter, by the beginning of the 23rd week of SSP.Form SSP1Form SSP1 is the form that you must complete and give to an employee who isn't entitled to SSP, or when SSP entitlement...
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  • Sickness Absence Documents - Letter withdrawing SSP
    Letter withdrawing SSPUse our letter where you're not going to pay SSP either because of the employee's failure to comply with your sickness absence reporting requirements or you have good reason to doubt that the employee's incapacity is genuine. If your employee disagrees with you, they're entitled to seek a formal decision on their entitlement from HMRC.SSP entitlementNormally, when an employee is off sick for at least four days in a row and they meet the eligibility conditions, you will start paying SSP...
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  • Sickness Absence Documents - Sick pay clause
    Sick pay clauseYou're obliged to include any provisions for sick pay as part of the written statement of employment particulars. However, it's entirely up to you whether you only pay statutory sick pay (SSP), whether you operate a discretionary sick pay scheme or whether you want to tie yourself in to a contractual sick pay scheme.SSP complicationsIf all you pay during sickness absence is SSP, your sick pay clause simply needs to make reference to this. It's best not to repeat the full details of the SSP scheme...
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  • Sickness Absence Documents - Letter notifying reversion to SSP
    Letter notifying reversion to SSPUnder the terms of your employees' contracts of employment, you may provide that employees will get statutory sick pay (SSP) only in the event of sickness absence. Alternatively, you may have a discretionary or contractual sick pay scheme. In these cases, during long-term sickness absence there may come a point when you need to revert to paying SSP only. Use our letter notifying reversion to SSP to implement this.Contractual or discretionaryMost employers pay some level of discretionary...
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