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Find out about statutory sick pay and occupational or company sick pay.
If you’re an employee and unable to work because of your cancer, you may be able to get Statutory Sick Pay. You can claim it if:
Statutory Sick Pay is paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks of sickness. The standard rate is currently £85.85 a week. Before your Statutory Sick Pay is due to end, you should check your entitlement to Employment and Support Allowance.
Ask your employer, as they are responsible for making these payments. If you qualify for Statutory Sick Pay, your employer can’t pay you less.
You may be entitled to this on top of Statutory Sick Pay. Check your employment contract or contact the human resources department at your place of work to find out.
Content last reviewed: 1 April 2012
Next planned review: 2013
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If you have any questions about cancer, need support or just want someone to talk to, ask Macmillan.
Talk to a benefits adviser in your area, find out if you are eligible for benefits or grants or ask Macmillan about any money worries you might have.
Order a copy of our guide for employers and people living with cancer from our be.Macmillan| site. The booklet covers employment rights and coping with the effects of treatment at work.
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