Form SSP1, Statutory Sick Pay and an Employee's Claim for Benefit, is a formal document prepared by employers who have to inform their employees they cannot meet the requirements for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or they will no longer receive SSP after a date specified in writing. This document was issued by the United Kingdom Department for Work and Pensions and the latest version of the form was released on August 1, 2020, with all previous editions obsolete. You can download an SSP1 Form through the link below.
If the employee qualifies for SSP, it means they can receive an allowance for a period of twenty-eight weeks while they are unable to work. SSP will be granted if the employee cannot work for at least four days in a row. In case you believe there is a legal reason not to provide them with SSP, you can examine the list of grounds available on the fifth page of the SSP1 Form, select the appropriate option, and give this form to your employee to notify them they will not receive SSP from you.
Once the SSP1 Claim Form is prepared, the employer must present it to the employee - either in person or by mail if the employee cannot be present at the workplace anymore. Note that the document must be accompanied by the statement the employee filled out to inform you about their medical condition - it can be a doctor's note or a similar statement from their physician. Tick the box on the first page of the form to confirm you have attached the documentation from the employee to Form SSP1.
The last page of the form contains instructions for the employee - they may argue your decision or ask you to clarify the reasoning behind the refusal. Additionally, the employee can contact you if the amount of SSP you have provided them with is incorrect. In case SSP is still not an option for the employee who struggles financially, they can apply for Universal Credit or allowances available for jobseekers or seek consultation from the local welfare service.