From 6 April 2020, Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) will rise from £94.25 to £95.85. It is important that any employees who are currently on statutory sick pay receive this increase, including those who are on sick leave due to the coronavirus, should they remain eligible.
Whilst the same fixed weekly rate applies to all employees, how much you actually pay depends on how many days per week the employee works. These are known as ‘qualifying days’ and you should specify in the employment contract what an employee’s qualifying days are.
GOV.UK provides a useful table which can help you calculate how much SSP an employee should receive per week:
|Unrounded daily rates|
|Number of qualifying days in week|
|1 day to pay|
|2 days to pay|
|3 days to pay|
4 days to pay
|5 days to pay|
6 days to pay
|7 days to pay|
Other statutory payments will increase from 5 April 2020 from £148.68 to £151.20 such as
- Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)
- Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP)
- Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP)
- Statutory Shared Parental Pay (SSPP)
- Shared Parental Bereavement Pay (SPBP)
If you have an employee currently receiving a statutory payment, this will need to be increased in line with the above rates.
If you have any questions about statutory payments please do not hesitate to contact our expert team of HR and employment law specialists today.