Final pay when someone leaves a job

Pay during the notice period

The person leaving should be paid as normal when they’re working their notice. This includes if they’re willing to work but the employer has asked them not to.   

Pay when someone is off work during their notice

The person leaving normally gets full pay even if they’re off during the statutory notice period. This includes if they’re:

  • off sick
  • on holiday
  • on maternity, paternity or adoption leave

This could mean, for example, that someone getting Statutory Sick Pay before the notice period started would get full pay again (even if they’re still off sick). This only applies to the statutory notice period.

When someone’s not entitled to full pay when they’re off during the statutory notice period

A person is not entitled if the contractual notice an employer must give is a week longer (or more) than the statutory notice the person leaving would get if they were dismissed. This rule applies no matter who gave the notice.

In this case employers should pay someone according to the contract or any statutory payments they’re due (for example Statutory Sick Pay if the contract doesn’t include sick pay).  

Speak to an Acas adviser if someone is off work during their notice period and you’re not sure how much should be paid.    

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