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English for Human Resources

Pay 4

More vocabulary on the important topic of money. This time, we look at what you receive when you are unable to work in a typical country within the European Union:

When you are ill and unable to work, you may claim statutory sick pay. This is the minimum by law.

  • If you have a work contract, you can claim statutory sick pay from your first day of work.
  • When I was ill, I claimed statutory sick pay which was much less than my salary.

The time that the doctor signs you off for is the period of that you cannot work.

  • The doctor has signed me off for two weeks.
  • I was off sick but the doctor didn’t sign me off until the second week.

When you are off work, to claim sick pay, you must provide a sick note from your doctor.

  • The doctor gave me a sick note to give to my employer.
  • If you want to claim sick pay, you must see your doctor for a sick note.

When you are no longer able to work through illness, you can claim incapacity benefit to replace your salary.

  • He will not be able to return to work and should now claim incapacity benefit.
  • Stress has now replaced back pain as the main reason that people are unable to work and claim incapacity benefit.

An employer can pay occupational sick pay, that is pay more than the minimum sick pay for a certain time depending on the terms of contract.

  • I haven't worked here long enough, so I don’t qualify for occupational sick pay.
  • In some companies, occupational sick pay makes up your full salary for up to one month.

The minimum period of service is the time you have to have worked before you qualify for occupational sick pay.

  • There is no minimum period of service to qualify for statutory sick pay.
  • The minimum period of service to qualify for occupational sick pay is three months.

If you also qualify for occupational sick pay, you may be off on full pay.

  • I have excellent fringe benefits. If I am off sick, I am on full pay for one month.
  • Unfortunately I am not on full pay now as I have been off work too long.

When a woman is expecting a baby, she can take maternity leave and have maternity pay.

  • I can take twenty-six weeks leave with maternity pay and twenty six weeks unpaid.
  • To qualify for maternity pay, I have to have worked for twenty-six weeks for my employer when I am expecting my baby.

If a father wishes to stop work to help with a new born child, he may qualify for paternity pay while he is absent from his job.

  • After twenty-six weeks working here, you can take two weeks leave with paternity pay.
  • To qualify for paternity pay, leave must be taken when the child is born or very soon after.
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