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Please can you tell me how long you have worked there for and how long the phased return to work is for?
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Many thanks for your patience. It is indeed possible to treat the days or time off during a phased return to work as sickness absence and receive sick pay for them. However to receive SSP you must have been absent for 4 or more days in a row, so if you are just having intermittent days off and it does not amount to at least 4 days off every time then you will not get SSP. However, that does not prevent the employer from still paying you company sick pay, i.e. a discretionary sick pay entitlement that they pay, which is separate to SSP.
If the employer does not pay you their discretionary sick pay entitlement then during a phased return to work you are only paid for the days/hours you work, so it will be a pro rata amount. The alternative is to use your annual leave to cover for these days to ensure that you are still being paid on full.
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