What happens when my nanny is off sick?
Most of us have had mornings when we wake up a little under the weather and we just don't feel like going to work. Of course nannies are no different. But when a nanny calls in sick it has a knock-on effect for the whole family.You will probably be late for work while you try to arrange emergency childcare, and if that fails you may even have to take the day off yourself.
You may want to consider introducing an incentive to discourage your nanny from taking too many sickies.When your nanny is off sick for longer than three days you have the responsibility as their employer to administer Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) on their behalf. The first three consecutive days (excluding days not normally worked) of illness are known as "waiting days" and any payment during this period is at your discretion. From the fourth consecutive day SSP can be paid instead of, or as a part of the normal rate of pay. Please refer to our Rates page for details of the current SSP rate.
As a nanny employer you are entitled to Small Employer's Relief, which means you can claim back a proportion of the SSP paid. If you use Nannytax we will calculate and apply the current formula on your behalf. SSP is claimed back by a deduction from your National Insurance contribution liability for the quarter in which the absence through illness occurred. In effect this means that your payments to HMRC will be reduced for that quarter.
Introducing an incentive
Although it's not a legal requirement many employers pay their employees' salary in full for a set number of sick days per year. However because nanny employers are so dependent on their nannies coming to work an increasing number now offer an incentive instead.
An incentive can be a Friday afternoon off, a voucher or a meal at a local restaurant. If you decide to offer an incentive make sure you include the terms in the employment contract.