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Summary: Every year thousands of people make fake claims to receive sick pay when off work for a long time. A private detective can help catch them out
If you are away from work due to illness then you are, by law, entitled to financial aid. The money can come from two resources; that of statutory sickness pay, and of contractual sickness pay. Contractual sickness pay is the money agreed to be paid when an employee is away ill by the company itself. The amount and duration will be agreed upon within the employer’s contract. Statutory sickness pay (SSP) is money that you must receive by law when away sick. This amount is a requirement of the employee and cannot be altered or adjusted.
The weekly amount of this benefit is £88.70, and to receive this benefit, the employee must be earning £109 per week. It does not matter if you are working on a full or part time basis, the criteria is based upon the amount of earning itself. You will not receive this benefit for the first three days off sick, but from then on this money can be paid for up to 28 weeks- approximately 7 months.
For a company, keeping their employee in sickness payment for this long period is costly. It is not just the sickness benefit that needs to be paid, but the money spent on covering the individual’s shift. They may need to hire new or temporary staff, or pay for their remaining employees to partake in overtime; which is usually at a higher rate of overtime pay. This may also mean further training needs to be organised, if the worker off sick is involved in a specialist position, which is again a further financial drain. The whole process takes time and excess organisation to establish.
It is unsurprising then, that many companies are taking steps to ‘check-up’ on their staffs who are claiming SSP for long periods of time. To save themselves the excess hassle aforementioned, these businesses are hiring private investigators to investigate these people. This is especially true when reports have been made questioning the authenticity of the employee’s claim, usually by other colleagues. Private investigators can covertly trace these individuals, and obtain visual evidence of their daily activities. Often these reports show the person to be engaging in behaviour that is inconsistent with their claims of illness. They may, for example, be seen out socialising or taking sports classes, when their SSP claims state they are too unwell to leave the house.
These individuals have sufficient experience in this field of investigation, and can deliver results in a discreet and professional manner. Generally in this instance, investigators will track down the suspect on a mobile basis, therefore tracing them throughout their day with the use of a camera to capture the evidence. Their evidence can be used within a legal case, so will stand up in court if any further action takes place. The results are often successful in either confirming or dismissing suspicions about an employee, and can, in the long run, help to save a massive financial loss. If you feel this situation applies to you, then a private investigator will be able to help offer advice specific to your own situation.