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Do I have to pay apprentice sick pay?



New Member
My new Apprentise started last week and he has told me today that he is having a operation on his knee next month and will be off of about 6 weeks.
He did mention in the interview that he was waiting for a op but it would be next year.
He has to have the op 5th October
He's 16 years old and left school this year.
Do I have to pay him sick pay? His wages now are £2.68 a hour £107.20 per week.



Staff member
Hi Daz,

Im unsure myself of the exact specifications of entitlement but i found the following which may apply :

Sick Pay - Who can get Statutory Sick Pay?
If you’re working for an employer under a contract of service (even if you’ve only just started and you have done some work),you’re entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if the following apply:

  • you’re sick for at least four days in a row (including weekends and bank holidays and days that you do not normally work)
  • you have average weekly earnings of at least £107 a week
Your average weekly earnings are worked out by using your earnings in the eight weeks before your sickness began.

What happens if you can’t get SSP?

If you cannot get SSP or SSP has ended your employer must fill in form SSP1 and give this to you. On the form, your employer must say why SSP has not been paid or why it is ending and the last date of payment. Form SSP1 is used to support a claim for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). It is important that your employer give this form to you as soon as possible. Without the information on the form a decision on your entitlement to ESA cannot be made which may delay payment.

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Ziporal Mothis

Ziporal Mothis

New Member
The law in your country will determine the answer to this question. Generally speaking, American states do not mandate employers to pay apprentice sick leave, although this may change in the future. To ensure compliance, you should research applicable laws and rules in your area.