smallbusiness.co.uk: Helping your business think big

Email a Friend

If I am self-employed, can I get any sick pay when I have an operation?

This question crosses boundaries between employment law, the law of contract and the national benefits system.

Since you are not an employee, it is unlikely that you would be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay – however if you have only recently gone self-employed you might be entitled to payment if you were fully up on your NI class contributions until less than two years ago.

Alternatively you might be entitled to claim Incapacity Benefit. It would therefore be worth a telephone call to your local Job Centre Plus to enquire. For the future, you might consider taking out ill health/accident insurance to protect your income.

See also: Holiday pay for sick workers worries employers

Previous article

Healthy body, healthy business

Next article

Coping with summer holidays

Post a comment

Related

News | Management

Simplify reclaiming maternity pay!

News | Management

Safety first policies pay off

News | Management

Environmental policies pay off

News | Management

Beware of changes in equal pay

Small Business Offers

More from Small Business

Starting a Business
Doing business with family and friends: How to stay professional

Doing business with family and friends: How to stay professional

Henry Catchpole looks at why putting shareholder agreements in place before the union can protect...  

Financing a Business
What I learned from my crowdfunding experience

What I learned from my crowdfunding experience

Henry Catchpole broke the record for the quickest close on crowdfunding website Syndicate Room. Here, he...  

News
Small businesses not benefiting from recovery

Small businesses not benefiting from recovery

One in four small and medium-sized UK businesses is predicting zero growth for their business...  

Blog
Public source data and Scottish independence

Public source data and Scottish independence

The uncertainty surrounding Scottish independence leaves a question mark hanging over the future of public...