Casual Worker Wins Sick Pay

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A care worker yesterday won a sick pay victory at the Court of Appeal which could benefit thousands of casual workers in Britain, according to the Child Poverty Action Group.

Sally Brown, 45, was refused sick pay when she injured her neck working for the Granta Housing Society. She helped with the care of mentally ill people full-time for nine months but in June 1992 she was off work for nearly six months.

Granta refused her sick pay because they claimed she was employed on a series of daily contracts. Their decision was upheld by the Department of Social Security and a social security commissioner who decided Ms Brown was no longer employed after the day she became sick and was sent home. But Lord Justice Nourse said that because Ms Brown, of Cambridge, had "continuity of employment" for more than three months, her contract had become indefinite under the Employment Protection Act . She was supported in her action by the CPAG Cherie Booth QC, who had argued in the appeal court that the legislation meant Ms Brown's contract continued throughout the period she was sick and she was entitled to statutory sick pay. …