Bank Holiday and Illness Benefit


New Member

First time posting here, but I need some help!
We have an employee who has been out sick since mid Nov and is claiming illness benefit. We don't pay his sick leave, and as far as we know he won't be back to work until February. My question is - bank holidays over Christmas - Will I pay him these hours (he is entitled to it) and will that have an issue with his illness benefit? Whats the easiest thing to do here?
Would love a response! Thanks in advance.....


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He will also be entitled to annual leave during his sick period - I would think it might be better to carry it over until he returns but on the other hand he might welcome a few bob for Christmas - you should ask him.
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Open to correction, but I think you have to be working for at least 40 hours in the previous 5 weeks to be entitled to PH pay?

The annual leave carries forward until the employee returns.

This is from Citizens Information site

"...if you have been off work for more than 26 consecutive weeks due to illness or accident, or for more than 52 weeks due to an occupational accident and you are absent from work immediately before the public holiday because of this, you are not entitled to the public holiday."

So in this case, yep yr employee is entitled to the PH pay. Illness benefit is not means tested (so the additional pay wont make any difference) but it is taxable.
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