Should I Pay Statutory Sick Pay to an Employee Who Injures Himself?

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    One of my employees frequently sustains injuries while playing a sport, and as a consequence, he takes regular periods off sick. Do I have to pay him statutory sick pay (SSP) for the time he takes off due to these self-inflicted injuries?

     

    You are required to pay SSP to your employee if he earns at least £97 per week, for sick periods that last 4 days or more. Your employee needs to notify you of the sickness within the period set by your company rules, or by the 7th day of absence. You may require your employee to provide you with evidence of his incapacity to work from the 8th day of absence by, say, providing a certificate (now called a ‘fit note’) from his GP. Don’t forget you can reclaim the amount of SSP that exceeds 13% of the class 1 NIC due for the month of payment.

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