I am a nanny, caring for a child with disabilities. I have been in my role for 3 years 5 months. I work 32.5 hours a week, more in school holidays. The employment side is looked after by a case management firm overseen by parents and solicitors (it's a medical negligence claim)
When I started, the parents told me they always pay sick pay - so paid in full until SSP kicks in. My contract states SSP only
For the first 2.5 years this was true. The case management paid me with no issue. Then a new firm took over. They have refused to pay me, they have taken it to the solicitors who have now changed my contract to state I get a days in full per year worked as the parents supported me to get paid when sick
But the case management are still refusing to pay me for 3 days sick from November ( i had the flu)
Now I'm wondering, if you have a 'perk' that isn't in your contract but has been the 'norm' for 2.5 years - can I claim that I should still be entitled to the sick pay verbally agreed at the start?
In the first 2.5 years, I had just 3 days off. Since I have had 3 days off at the beginning of 2019 and 3 days in November. Not big sums but it's the principal. All illness has been contracted from the child I care for. It's a physical job so I need to be fit to carry out my duties