What happens to employee benefits during long-term sickness?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 2 April 2019
Arthur Cox
Arthur Cox
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An employee's contract of employment may contain express provisions entitling them to be paid, and to receive contractual benefits, during any periods of sickness absence.

If there are express contractual terms, these terms should comprise:

  • the duration of any entitlement to sick pay;
  •  the rate at which sick pay will be paid; and
  •  whether an employee will continue to receive any contractual benefits during a period of sickness absence.

For example, an employer may agree to pay sick pay at the rate of full salary for a certain period during sickness absence, followed by half rate for a further period. The employment contract should specify whether company sick pay is equivalent

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Arthur Cox
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