Employees in the UK are sometimes in the position to claim statutory sick pay from their employer. It is important for employees to be aware of their rights and also what they can legally claim. In some cases employers may attempt to avoid paying statutory sick pay, this is one of the main reasons it is important to be aware of employees rights. People who are not aware should consult their trades union representative if applicable or speak to the citizens advice bureau. The DirectGov website can also provide general advice to people wishing to gain information about statutory sick pay.

People who are working for an employer under a contact of service, even if no hours have yet been worked, then you will be entitled to statutory sick pay, if you are sick for at least four days and if the average weekly earnings at the job are at least

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