9th April 2014

Changes to Statutory Sick Pay

Rate of statutory sick pay:  From 6 April 2014, the rate of statutory sick pay (SSP) has increased from £86.70 per week to £87.55 per week.  This means that the maximum SSP payable over 28 weeks is now £2,451.40 (as opposed to £2,427.60).

Recovery of statutory sick pay:  Prior to 6 April 2014, employers could reclaim any amount of SSP which exceeded 13% of its national insurance contributions in the month.  However the government considered that this dis-incentivised employers from encouraging long-term sick employees from returning to work and, as a result of this, has revoked this provision.  With effect from 6 April 2014 onwards, it is no longer possible for employers to reclaim SSP from the government.  Commentators have suggested that this should save an estimated £50million each year.

Simon Allison
Partner – Employment Law

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