What is enhanced sick pay?
Enhanced sick pay is an additional benefit that an employer offers to their employees beyond the minimum sick pay required by law, known as statutory sick pay (SSP). In the UK, for example, an employee can receive £99.95 per week in SSP for up to 28 weeks if they are too unwell to work. However, an employer may offer enhanced sick pay to provide additional financial support to their employees during illness.
Enhanced sick pay is a contractual right included in an employment contract, and the specific terms may vary depending on the employer's policies. Enhanced sick pay may offer higher pay rates, a longer duration of coverage, or more flexible requirements for eligibility compared to the statutory minimum. By offering enhanced sick pay, employers can demonstrate their commitment to supporting their employees' health and well-being while promoting a positive workplace culture.