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Sick day

Lutherking
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Hi

i don’t get sick pay from my employer and I suffer from advanced prostrate cancer.

i work part time,3 days a week.

i live on my own and the only accommodation I can afford is a hmo.

last month I lost 3 days pay due to illness,due to my cancer.

can you tell me if  I can get any financial support with this.

Emma G - Macmillan
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Hi ,

I’m sorry to hear the difficulties that you’re having with finances. You mentioned you don’t receive any sick pay from your employer and I’m wondering if you mean contractual or statutory sick pay? Contractual sick pay is an enhanced rate of pay offered by employers and is written into an employee’s contract of employment. Statutory sick pay is the legal minimum and you may wish to double check if you are eligible at any point for this. To be eligible you would need to be off work for at least 4 days in a row including non-working days and so I’m not clear if you would have qualified last month.

I’m wondering if you are aware of your rights under the Equality Act 2010 (England, Wales and Scotland) and Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Northern Ireland)? As a person diagnosed with cancer you are classified as disabled under these acts and so could ask for Reasonable Adjustments. Reasonable Adjustments are any reasonable changes or adaptations at work that help you overcome any difficulties you are facing because of your cancer. You may find our booklet Your Rights At Work When Affected By Cancer useful to read.

On our website we do have some information on benefits and other financial support you may find useful. Or if you would like to call us, the Macmillan Support Line also has specialist Welfare Rights Advisors who can check whether there may be any financial help you can access. Our number is 0808 808 0000 – option 1 followed by option 2 - and we are open Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm. Please do have all your financial details to hand though as they’ll need these to do a full check. If you find it easier to speak to someone in person, in some areas we also have face to face Benefit Advice Services who could help you.

I hope this is the support you are looking for, however if you need anything else then please do reply and let me know.

Best wishes,

Emma
Work Support Advisor
Remember you can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or by email
Lutherking
Posted by

Hi

thanks for your reply.

with the information you have given me,should I email my employer and make him aware that I am classed as disabled and ask him to review my contract under,reasonable adjustment so I can get sick pay

Su - Macmillan
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Hi ,

Thank you for your recent question on the community.

Employees may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), which is £92.05 a week for up to 28 weeks.

Your employer can offer you more if you have a company sick pay scheme they cannot however offer less. Company schemes are also called ‘contractual’ or ‘occupational’ sick pay and must be included in an employment contract.

If you have received your full entitlement of statutory and/or contractual sick pay, then any additional amounts paid would be at the discretion of your employer. You may wish to speak to your employer about this, but it would be at the discretion and goodwill of your employer to pay you sick pay as it is not a legal requirement to do so.

Some of the factors which are considered when asking for a reasonable adjustment are;

  • your disability
  • how practicable the changes are
  • if the change you ask for would overcome the disadvantage you and other disabled people experience
  • the size of the organisation
  • how much money and resources are available
  • the cost of making the changes
  • if any changes have already been made.

Your employer would consider the above in deciding if your request for additional sick pay is reasonable.

If your sick pay has come to an end it would be advisable to speak to our Money and Work team to see if there is additional financial support available to you. Our number is 0808 808 0000 and we are open Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm. Please do have all your financial details to hand though as they will need these to do a full check. If you find it easier to speak to someone in person, in some areas we also have face to face Benefit Advice Services who could help you.

I hope you find this information helpful to your situation if you need further support please do not hesitate to contact us back.

Su

Work Support Advisor

 

Remember you can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or by email.