Our company operates an organisational sick pay scheme that entitles workers to full pay after they have been off sick for more than three days. It has been suggested that this waiting period should be adjusted pro-rata for part-time employees. We don’t want to do anything that serves as detrimental to our part-time employees (Part-Time Workers Regulations 2000) but by the same token it has been argued we are not being fair to our full time workforce when everything else e.g. annual leave entitlement etc is pro-rated for part-timers. I believe there are no distinctions made between full and part-time workers in the ‘waiting period’ for SSP. Should we simply apply the same principle? Any advice or shared experience on developing policy on this point would be much appreciated.

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