We are occasionally asked a question that requires us to do a bit of research. The most recent was “Do we have to pay SSP to someone who is off work after having cosmetic surgery?”

Well the answer is yes, you do. The reason for the (sickness) absence is essentially irrelevant. However, sickness absence is normally unplanned in that people do not know that they are going to be ill in advance. This was different in that the employee knew that they would be absent for a certain period, but failed to inform their manager – which would have allowed for cover to be arranged.  How silly !