information for domestic workers
Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) applies after three days of illness or incapacity for work. These three days may, but do not usually, include non-working days (i.e. weekends or days not normally worked). All employees are entitled to 28 weeks SSP.
Many domestic workers, employers and agencies assume that because of the unique circumstances that exist between in domestic employment, they don’t qualify for redundancy pay. But providing you meet the requirements you are entitled to redundancy pay just like any other employee.
Do I Qualify?
If your employer's circumstances change and they no longer have a full-time job for you, and they want to employ somebody on a part-time basis, they are required to first offer the 'new' position to the you, the existing employee. If you choose not to continue working for them under the new conditions you are still entitled to redundancy pay, unless you are on a fixed term contract.
You will also qualify for redundancy pay if your employer moves to a different part of the country, providing there is no relocation clause in your contract.
How much will I get?
As an employee on PAYE you are legally entitled to these amounts; however, your employer is free to pay you more than the statutory minimum at their own discretion. They cannot claim any part of the costs back from the state. You do not have to pay tax on redundancy payments up to £30,000. If your employer refuses to pay, you must make a written request to them within six months and then be prepared to follow this up.
How will I cope?