Statutory Sick Pay Compensation

A business has been ordered to pay an employee €450 compensation for failing to pay them their legal entitlement to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) in a timely manner.

Whilst the payment had been made at the time the hearing took place, and the Adjudication Officer acknoweldged that there were some particular nuances to working hours and patterns that needed to be taken into account in resepct of the payment, she still considered that compensation should be paid,due to the upset and frustration caused to the employee in securing the payment they were entitled to (Ref ADJ-00048080).

Employers should therefore ensure that they have a clear policy in place outlining the conditions and eligibility for SSP and that it is implemented accordingly.

In summary, as per the Sick Leave Act 2022, all employees who have completed 13 weeks service are entitled to receive up to 5 days SSP at the rate of 70% of their daily pay (capped at €110), provided they submit a medical certificate in respect of their absence.

The amount of SSP payable will increase to 7 days in 2025 and 10 days in 2026.