It's a common misconception that because workers on zero-hour contracts don't have regular or guaranteed hours of work, they have no statutory rights - but this isn't the case.
In this blog, we'll look at sick pay for zero-hours workers, and what they're entitled to.
Are workers on zero-hours contracts entitled to sick pay?
To qualify, they'll need to:
- Earn more than £123 per week (on average, before tax) from one employer
- Have been off sick for a minimum of 4 qualifying days in a row. (The first 3 days of this period would need to fall when they'd usually work).
- Have told their employer they're sick within the employer's deadline (or within 7 days)
If a zero-hours contract worker relies on more than one job to reach the Lower Earnings Limit, they won't qualify sick pay as it must be reached from the earnings from one employer.
How much is sick pay on a zero-hours contract?
The amount that those on zero-hours contracts should be paid for each day they're off work depends on how many qualifying days they work each week.
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Author: Aimée Brougham-Chandler
Aimée is a Content Assistant here at Breathe. She enjoys writing about topical HR issues & helping readers find solutions. In her spare time, she's commonly found amongst books.