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I've just found out that my company will only pay SSP if I'm off sick for more than 12 days a year....

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LaCerbiatta Wed 21-Oct-09 12:58:35

I suppose that it's expected for a tight unfrienfdly company like mine, in a normal situation.... But for pregnant women as well???? Let's say I had placenta previa or extreme sickness or something like that, I would be on ~£80 a week??? How can that be allowed??

islandofsodor Wed 21-Oct-09 13:05:13

Are you getting confused between SSP and Company sick pay.

Loads of companies only pay SSP which kicks in after 3 days and is a small set amount per week.

Nothing unusual there.

islandofsodor Wed 21-Oct-09 13:06:02

Thats is quite a good deal getting company sick pay for up to 12 days.

Many companies pay nothing at all except SSP which only kicks in after 3 days.

Candlewax Wed 21-Oct-09 13:08:12

No company HAS to pay sick pay. If you have a contract where they say they will, brilliant. Most employees will be paid statutory sick pay. This means after the 3rd day of illness, you will get the government statutory sick pay amount. You have 3 "waiting" days before you qualify for the SSP, so any sick pay will not kick in until the 4th day. Not a lot to live on I agree.

islandofsodor Wed 21-Oct-09 13:10:48

Which is why I have taken out insurance against long term illness.

LaCerbiatta Wed 21-Oct-09 13:46:44

I suppose I'm still spoiled, coming from an extremly generous University employer into the private sector...
It just infuriates me because they're big and rich and could definitely afford to be more giving... WOuldn't moan if it was a one-employee corner shop....

annh Wed 21-Oct-09 16:15:01

They may be big and rich partly BECAUSE they don't have generous company sick pay! Not saying it's necessarily right/fair but it is the norm in many companies. My dh used to work for a very big, American investment bank and they only allowed 5 days sick per year before you went onto SSP.

HappyMummyOfOne Wed 21-Oct-09 21:35:53

12 days full sick pay is good compared to lots of places, 12 days would cover most people easily.

LaCerbiatta Thu 22-Oct-09 08:28:24

Ok, ok, maybe IABU....
My attitude towards their benefits is ver bitter, specially since I'm only getting SMP after being here for 2 years... But that's a different issue...

Thank you all for your comments! smile

HappyMummyOfOne Fri 23-Oct-09 20:25:40

2 years is not a long time to work for a company so not sure why you're bitter with regards to only getting SMP.

Many companies only pay SMP, if they offer enhanced pay plus have to pay for a replacement the wage cost increases substantially.

Stigaloid Fri 23-Oct-09 20:31:06

I have been with my company for 5 years. I get SMP and no sick pay.

RibenaBerry Sun 25-Oct-09 17:36:44

To put another slant on it, it would also be a minefield to offer pregnant women more sick pay than other employees. It could engender a lot of bad feeling in employers with strict policies on sick pay...

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