ESA Information for Employers

This page provides information about Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for employers. If any of your employees are receiving Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) and this were to stop, that employee may well transfer to ESA. For this to happen, you are required to supply them with an SSP1 form.

In summary:

  • the Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008 came into force on 27 October 2008
  • the changes in legislation mean that employers now supply a reduced amount of information when their employee transfers to state benefit, is excluded from SSP, or leaves the current employment
  • this new style SSP1 form must be used for any employee who transfers or is excluded from SSP, and the first day of sickness (following any period of SSP) was on or after 27 October 2008
  • the new style SSP1 is available for download by following the link below. A link is also available for you to order copies of the new SSP1 form.

Apply for Statutory Sick Pay

Work Capability Assessment

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