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My daughter has worked at a private nursery for over 12 months. About a fortnight ago she had to take two days off sick. She ‘phoned in before 9am on the first day, but when she received her wages the following week she was informed she wouldn’t be paid for the two days she was off. I thought sick pay was compulsory once you completed 12 months’ service?

Some employers pay workers when they’re off sick, but they’re in the minority. Whether your daughter is entitled to sick pay from the nursery will depend on her employment contract, or failing that on whether the nursery customarily pays staff when they’re off sick. Everyone who pays national insurance contributions is entitled to statutory sick pay. But you receive nothing for the first three days you miss work.

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