Small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, can now apply to recover the costs of paying Coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees.
Employers are able to make claims to the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme through a new online service. Employers will receive repayments at the relevant rate of SSP that they have paid to current or former employees for eligible periods of sickness starting on or after 13 March 2020.
The repayment will cover up to 2 weeks starting from the first qualifying day of sickness, if an employee is unable to work because they either:
- have Coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms
- cannot work because they are self-isolating, due to someone they live with displaying symptoms
- are shielding and have a letter from the NHS or a GP telling them to stay at home for at least 12 weeks
You can claim for periods of sickness starting on or after:
- 13 March 2020 - if your employee had Coronavirus, displayed the symptoms of Coronavirus or is self-isolating because someone they live with had symptoms
- 16 April 2020 - if your employee was shielding because of Coronavirus
The weekly rate was £94.25 before 6 April 2020 and is now £95.85. If you’re an employer who pays more than the weekly rate of SSP you can only claim up to the weekly rate paid.
To prepare to make a claim you should keep records of all the SSP payments you wish to claim for.
For further information about eligibility, making a claim and guidance on SSP procedures during Covid-19, please visit:
For clients who have engaged with us to assist with their Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme furlough submissions, we can also support you with your applications for Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate. For details of fees in relation to this please speak to your usual Streets contact.