I work for a small company, p/t but set hours, am put through the books and get a wage slip every week and a p60. Have been there 5 years. Don't have any long term sick issues, had 2 days off sick last year which were paid. Have no backup childcare so have been off sick with the kids about 4 days which of course are unpaid (4 days last year). Have been off recently with migraine, called in sick for 2 days...have just seen I haven't been paid. Can anyone advise me what's going on? Have never been given a contract, management are hopeless, most on long term sick leave, line manager is just interested in what he can get out the company and shafts anyone below him, know he's got something to do with this.
Any advice welcome, am spitting mad, I work hard there, min wage and now am getting treated like crap. Another staff member is in hospital and they are getting sick pay, they told me.
Depends on what is in your contract to be honest...but seeing as you don't have a contract that doesn't really help you much.
There is no obligation for a company to pay sick pay when someone is off sick. Statutory sick pay is only paid after the first 3 days of absence which are classed as waiting days and will only be paid if the absence is covered by a valid self certificate/fit note from the doctor.
Are you sure that the days that you had off last year were paid?
to make it worse I worked in hr for years and used to know the laws...but gave that up years ago and now work this job as I cant get anything else
I know how badly they are run, how certain people are being allowed to cherry pick whatever they want and the rest of us have to live with the consequences eg. one member of management is off long term with anxiety, but they come into work when their friends are in and stay a few hours for a drink then go home...they are on full pay.
I will ask.....but its just maddening when I know certain employees get paid sick, even if its just for a day here and there (they have told me, or they suddenly have an appointment or a training course which of course is company related)
it all very depends on how the management is feeling at that time, whether you've been kissing their arse enough to warrant sick pay...or if you're a man who will get bolshy if you aren't paid it
flowery, can I ask, what would you advise me to say when I ask why wasn't I paid and they reply "you don't get sick pay" with a shocked face, would it help to prove that I have? (they know fine well, they do the wages)
and surely if things regarding sick pay were changing we have a right to be told?
That you've been paid before will help, as will the fact that others are paid. Plus emphasise your excellent sickness record, good hardworking attitude etc. If everyone is always consistently paid for sickness absence, then you have a good argument as to why you could reasonably expect to be paid.
But for yourself personally, one previous sickness episode having been paid would mean you are contractually entitled to be paid every time.
Ultimately, if they stand firm and refuse to pay, it's unlikely you'll be able to do anything about it.